A Weakness for Almost Everything: Notes on Life, Gastronomy, and Travel

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Overview

Buzzi applies his unique sensibility to topics as disparate as his German mother, the history of toothpicks, and a famous chef so portly that it takes two people to tie his apron behind him. His evocative observations possess a Zen-like appreciation for the beauty of the ordinary and the humor in the everyday.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This short, sparely written and stunning first novel portrays a besieged and resolute doctor, her alcoholic father and the damage he's done to his grown children. Breznik, a psychiatrist born in Austria, now practicing in Zurich, uses her psychoanalytic expertise to good effect, setting her fiction apart from other novels about family trauma. The narrator, a pathologist in her 30s, strives for professional detachment as she visits her patients, first those she treats in the hospital, and then her own father, once outgoing and friendly, now shriveled, debilitated and floating in a fog of blurred memories, his recurrent headaches aggravated by the metal plate in his skull implanted after an operation. Breznik never names her major characters, which accentuates her clinical stance: this family portrait is as coolly precise and jolting as an Egon Schiele painting. The pathologist's stream-of-consciousness flashbacks fill in a roster of other disasters: we learn of her German mother, shunned as an outsider in Austria; of her dead brother; of another brother, a sullen runaway; of life in wartime Austria. Father is not entirely unsympathetic: he enlists in the Austrian army to avoid having to join the Nazi Party. Mother has heart attacks, attempts suicide and finally separates from her husband. The narrator's stoic resolve in facing her father's death renders this unflinching look at life's messy end-game oddly bracing and brave. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A fragmentary, elliptical story of family unhappiness emerges from the tormented consciousness of a hardworking woman doctor-in this compact and very affecting first novel by an Austrian psychiatrist. It begins with the musings prompted by its unnamed narrator's performance of an autopsy, and ends with an "apartment sale" of her deceased father's few possessions. The narrative accordingly shifts between graphically clinical descriptions of emergency medical procedures and reluctant mental travels back to the world of her childhood and youth in rural Austria. Her German mother's incompatibility with the narrator's depressive, combative father (a soldier and later POW during WWII, though not a Nazi Party member) grew exacerbated by the disapproval of her husband's Austrian relatives and later by his drinking. One of the narrator's older brothers wasted away from complications following colon surgery; the other dispassionately separated himself from their troubled family. It could scarcely be bleaker, but Breznik's mosaic portrayal of her perhaps too generic victims (all five principals are, appropriately, nameless) assumes real emotional credibility, thanks largely to convincing transitions that link the narrator's "night duty" to her half-buried past. Routine checks on moribund patients are juxtaposed with visits to the nursing home where, long after her mother's death, her father lies dying of the alcoholism that finally drove them apart. Soothing a frightened three-year-old brings vivid memories of nights when she slept with a knife under her pillow, fearing her father's violence. Rummaging through his collection of hats recalls the cerebral hemorrhage that struck him years before shewas born, which perhaps shaped his subsequent instability and embitterment. It's a tribute to the power of Breznik's imagination that one finishes this novel both moved by its shadowy characters' pathetic fates and frustrated that we know them so incompletely-as imperfectly, we infer, as they knew themselves. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883642709
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: Steerforth Italia Series
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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