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La procedura (1998 original; edició 2005)

de Harry Mulisch

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Internationally renowned novelist Harry Mulisch's "The Procedure" is a haunting and fascinating novel about two men who try to create life but fail. In the late sixteenth century, Rabbi Jehudah Low, in order to guarantee the safety of the Jews in Prague, creates a golem by following a procedure outlined in a third-century cabalist text. Four hundred years later, Victor Werker, a Dutch biologist mourning the loss of his stillborn daughter, causes an international uproar when he creates a complex organic clay crystal that can reproduce and has a metabolism. But his unsettling discovery takes its toll as his inner and outer demons pursue him around the world, from California to Venice, Cairo, and Jerusalem.… (més)
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Títol:La procedura
Autors:Harry Mulisch
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Victor Werker doet onderzoek naar het geheimzinnige moment waarop dode materie overgaat in leven. De verteller in De Procedure lokt de lezer met de belofte dat die in de geheimen van dit moment zal worden ingewijd. Om deze belofte gestand te kunnen doen is een duivels spel met het goddelijke vereist, dat Victor Werker noodlottig zal worden. De Procedure (1998) is een aangrijpend boek waarin Mulisch wederom alle registers bespeelt.
  Langshan | Dec 6, 2019 |
Victor Werker, werkend op de grens van chemie en biologie, lukt het een "eobiont", iets levends, te maken, net als eeuwen eerder in Praag rabbi Löw een golem maakte. In beide verhalen spelen lettercombinaties een grote rol. Victor is beroemd vanwege die eobiont. Maar als zijn eigen dochtertje, dat al in de baarmoeder is overleden, geboren moet worden, kan hij dat niet aan en hij laat zijn vriendin op dat moment in de steek. Dood en leven, hij blijft er over nadenken.
En Haarlem wordt Praag, de drieling uit het verhaal van rabbi Löw komt terug in Victors verhaal. Ja, een verhaal waar over is nagedacht. Maar... Gekunsteld is misschien een goed woord in dit verband?
  wannabook08 | Sep 3, 2015 |
It is late sixteenth century and the Jews of Prague are in danger. Rufolf II, lord of Austria, king of Bohemia and Hungary, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire orders Rabbi Jehudah Low to his court. In the presence of Europe's most distinguished thinkers and personalities (Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Arcimboldo are there), the emperor expresses his wish to be given a golem. In order to guarantee the safety of his people, the Rabbi Jehudah Low, tries to create a golem following ancient Cabalist texts. ("A golem, according to Low, is a human being without a language. So you could see him as the antipode to a figure from a play, as the latter consists of language without a human form. That is only supplied by an actor.") He is assisted in this endeavor by his son-in-law. They are taking time, and the emperor is getting impatient. Finally, the experiment is done but something had gone terribly wrong. Rabbi Low would need to face the emperor, and the consequences of his failure. Four hundred years later, an eminent Dutch biologist, Viktor Werker, mourning the loss of his stillborn daughter, creates an eobiont, a complex organic crystal that has a metabolism and can reproduce. It causes an international furor over questions of ethics and morality, but in certain quarters, he was being praised as the modern day Pygmalion. The world, though, was not prepared for it, and Werker pays the ultimate price for unlocking the mystery of life.

In this short novel, Mulisch writes of grand themes of hubris, immortality, love interspersed with short discourses on linguistics, art, genetics, philosophy, and closes with an ending worthy of an honest-to-goodness thriller. ( )
1 vota deebee1 | Jan 15, 2013 |
Vreselijk saai boek (op de golem-passage na); vreselijk pedant. Af en toe stilistische hoogstandjes. Verbindend thema: leven en dood. ( )
  bookomaniac | Aug 15, 2010 |
Traces expedition into Nobel candidate territory continues with Harry Mulisch’s 1999 novel, The Procedure. Mulisch has an extensive multi-genre oeuvre of at least 14 novels, as well as drama, essays and books of poetry. He is considered one of the giants of post war Dutch literature and recipient of the Prize for Dutch literature for lifetime achievement. His two best known novels are his 1982 The Assault and his 1992 The Discovery of Heaven, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies.

Genesis, Golems, Double Helix and Eboent oh my….

Having been forewarned that Mulisch is somewhat professed autodidact (self taught smart guy), I expected the unexpected in reading this, my first work by the author. Indeed. Instead of chapters, the novel is divided into ‘Deeds’, and each Deed further broken into ‘Documents’. The authorial presence was introduced in the first Document of the first Deed, titled Speaking, when our narrator instructs us precisely how the story is going to unfold, and a warning to prepare ourselves ‘through introspection and prayer’, as this tale is not for those who need immediate action and suspense, that he “can’t do it that way this time”….

The opening Document Man, explains the narrator’s interpretation of the biblical Creation story in which he informs us that a close reading of Genesis reveals ‘man’ was created three times. This is a portent of the three ‘creations’ that will take place in the novel. In the second document The Character, our narrator informs us that his opening section has caused the other ‘impure readers’ to flee and now it’s just ’you and me’. He argues in circuitous fashion that literature is essentially theological in nature and that in the creation of a story:

The narrator of a story is at the same time not the narrator. The story itself is the actual narrator, it tells itself; from the first sentence onward, the narrative is a surprise to the narrator too…

He further explains that in the world of fiction, man is a ‘character’ having the additional meaning of a formation of characters in the alphabet, ‘figures on a typewriter’ and that the process of fictive creation is one of imitatio dei, like Jehovah. This God-Like sense of the creative process of writing will turn out to be a key referent and be echoed by the three different stories that are variations on the theme of Creation, Genesis, and Conception.

As in postmodern fiction enterprises, we are by now used to having ‘self conscious narratives’ the story teller winks to the reader that he and we both really know ‘what up’…Mulisch in The Procedure goes one better. He has offered to take the novitiate reader along for the whole mystery of conception, its creation, genesis and death.

Mulisch is obviously well in control of his material. From the embedded (well known) tale of 16thcentury Prague Rabbi Jehudah Loew who according to Jewish legend, successfully made a Golem, to an expose on DNA mapping and its brief history. The Deed ‘A’ is narrated in first person, Deed ‘B’ is constructed by three ‘communications’ from the protagonist: the internationally famous biochemist Victor Werker to the mother of his child. They form the narrative of the modern Pygmalion story. The prose for the first two thirds of the book is for the most part clinically detached and wry-ironical in tone, but the last two communications that form the central part of the novel are heart wrenching and powerful. Deed ‘C’, entitled The Conversation, is in third person ‘free indirect speech’ in which Victor tries to make sense of his past, present and future. The complex plot comes together full circle. That said, there is not the sense of total coherence of the disparate sections. Probably my impression is due to a momentum not sustained in the last section, it is more cerebral and in a completely different register from the emotionally moving previous ’communique’ sections…

This is one of those novels, short as it is (230 pages in my Penguin edition) that would reward future re-readings. It’s intelligent, and is a rare bird for being a novel of ideas that IS also suspenseful and readily engaging. I would re-read it for the ‘Third Communication’ alone. Its that powerful. If you pass Mulisch’s ‘initiation’ into The Procedure, he will be glad to take you along for the ride… ( )
  Isgodchekhov | Apr 18, 2010 |
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Der Titel des Romans ist eine direkte Analogie zu Kafkas "Prozeß": "Die Prozedur erweist sich letztlich als Prozeß, der dem anmaßenden Schöpfer gemacht wird" (Martina Meister). Im Gegensatz zu Franz Kafkas "Prozeß" aber hat die Tragik bei Mulisch einen altersweisen Charme, der über jedwede Düsternis hinausreicht und selbst dem Tod noch ein Glücksgefühl abzuringen vermag. Mulischs Roman ist Unterhaltung pur und eine aberwitzige Gratwanderung zwischen Vernunft und Metaphysik.
 

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Internationally renowned novelist Harry Mulisch's "The Procedure" is a haunting and fascinating novel about two men who try to create life but fail. In the late sixteenth century, Rabbi Jehudah Low, in order to guarantee the safety of the Jews in Prague, creates a golem by following a procedure outlined in a third-century cabalist text. Four hundred years later, Victor Werker, a Dutch biologist mourning the loss of his stillborn daughter, causes an international uproar when he creates a complex organic clay crystal that can reproduce and has a metabolism. But his unsettling discovery takes its toll as his inner and outer demons pursue him around the world, from California to Venice, Cairo, and Jerusalem.

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