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    A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian folklore it is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill's remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.

    It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: She's facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel's help.

    To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye's losses but also his own lost love and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother and himself.

    From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores - with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness - the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

    ©2016 Nathan Hill (P)2016 Random House Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    " The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it's also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America.... Nathan Hill is a maestro." (John Irving)
    "There is an accidental topicality in Hill's debut, about an estranged mother and son whose fates hinge on two mirror-image political events - the Democratic Convention of 1968 and the Republican Convention of 2004. But beyond that hook lies a high-risk, high-reward playfulness with structure and tone: comic set-pieces, digressions into myth, and formal larks that call to mind Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad." ( New York Magazine)
    "Once in a while a novel arrives at the perfect moment to reflect, skewer, and provide context for the world as we know it. This - now - is that novel. A satirical, fast-paced romp through time and space, The Nix is ambitious, wide-ranging, and full of surprises. It gathers force and momentum as it speeds toward the end, where all of its pieces fit together as precisely as a puzzle." (Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train)

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    What a piece of literature!

    Nathan Hill developes an authentic image of an age and a family, and surpasses Franzen in doing so. The plot is wonderfully linked over the years, the language is not contrived but educated to the true sense of the word, the characters are authentic in their flaws but never plaintive, and Ari Fliakos follows their every mood with a huge range of intonation.
    A real treat!

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    Amerikanische Zeitgeschichte

    Vielfältige Aspekte der amerikanischen Zeitgeschichte werden in interessanten persönlichen Schicksalen und Familiengeheimnissen verwoben. Guter Sprecher.

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    Fa-bel-haft

    Besonders in der Original-Lesefassung von Ari Fliakos ist dieser üppige Roman ein endloser Genuss.
    Dieser Sprecher ist einfach genial.
    Ich habe das Hörbuch jetzt zum zweiten Mal genossen und zwischendurch wieder das eine oder andere Kapitel im "Nix" gelesen - das kommt bei mir nur sehr selten vor. Die wunderbaren Charakterisierungen, der subtile Humor in den Kabinettstückchen um die Nebenfiguren sowie die treffende stilsichere Sprache machen Hills Werk schlicht "outstanding".
    Wer einigermaßen gut Englisch verstehen kann, greife zu den Originalen, obwohl ich nach Einblicken in die deutsche Übersetzung annehme, dass deren Schwächen für den Durchschnittsleser nicht so gravierend sind, wie es manchmal dargestellt wird.

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    lost in a tale

    perfectly intertwined story - let's you reflect on life and dive fully into the story

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    One of the best books I have heard/read! Great!

    This is literature wonderfully thought through and grandly spoken. It makes me want it to never be over.

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    By Far

    the best audio book I've been listening to in a very, very long time. "The Interestings" was great. "Here I Am" was incredibly good. But "The Nix" - absolutely outstanding. I understand the German translation is not so good. So let Ari Fliakos read this book to you - it'll make you lough and cry and extremely sad once you've reached the inevitable end. Thank you, Nathan, thank you, Ari. Thank you so much.

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    Tolles Buch, sensationeller Sprecher!

    Hat Ihnen Ari Fliakos an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    "The Nix" würde mir auch als Buch zum Lesen sicher gut gefallen, aber Ari Fliakos hat den Figuren und der Geschichte in einer Weise Leben gegeben, wie es meiner Phantasie sicher nicht annähernd so gut gelungen wäre. Alle Nuancen des Buchs ob lustig, traurig, spannend - wurden durch den Sprecher nochmals hervorgehoben. Ein Hörgenuß wie ich ihn bisher noch nicht erlebt habe.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Die Geschichte ist kurzweilig, zum Teil richtig lustig, so daß ich laut lachen musste, interessant und aufschlussreich (Chicago 1968). Nie langweilig, oft überraschend, immer interessant - kurz ein tolles Buch und in Verbindung mit Ari Fliakos das mit Abstand beste Hörbuch für meinen Geschmack.

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    Brilliant

    The main reason I couldn't stop listening was not so much to find out how the story proceeds, but the writing itself. I didn't experience this in years. I loved the subtle sense of humour showing in those daily situations everyone can relate to. All in all very analytical and even therapeutic at times. Authentic.
    The interpretation is also extraordinary. Loved it!

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    great story

    It's a very complex story, but even in the smallest detail it carries a picture of an era from the sixties til today.

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    Great book, where everyone finds something

    Cannot remember when i have enjoyed a book quite so much. Thank the author of not diluting his thoughts and opinions and for a careful handling of the english language.