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ISBN: 0330411640
Author: Linn Ullmann
Language: English
Publisher: Picador (January 16, 2004)
Pages: 256
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 107
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Linn Ullmann seems to have a great talent for character development, and Stella Descending survives on that talent.

Linn Ullmann seems to have a great talent for character development, and Stella Descending survives on that talent. The psychology of Stella, and the psychological testimonies of those who surround her and affect her eventual, final fate provide for a captivating, well-executed mystery-esque novel. Slightly reminiscent of "Smilla's Sense of Snow," but with more personal intrigue than physical adventure.

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Linn Ullmann With a quiet power, Stella Descending gives us the backlit dailiness-and the dark .

With a quiet power, Stella Descending gives us the backlit dailiness-and the dark metaphysical underworld-of life in a fabled metropolis. And, in brilliantly evoking the loneliness that haunts all our intimacies, it becomes a story of life everywhere Читать весь отзыв. Stella descends, all right.

Stella Descending book. Did he try to save her? This is the question that begins Linn Ullmann's transfixing tale of Stella: a jealous wife, compliant mistress, treasured friend, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother, and - finally - a woman possessed of a secret now forever lost to the living.

Stella descends, all right. At the beginning of Ullmann's novel, she falls nine stories from her rooftop to her death while doing a dangerous dance with her husband, Martin. Or was it a dance? The key.

Linn Ullmann, originally Karin Beate Ullmann (born 9 August 1966, in Oslo, Norway), is a Norwegian author and journalist. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway's leading morning newspaper and has published six novels. Ullmann was born in Oslo, Norway to Norwegian actress, author and director Liv Ullmann and Swedish director and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman. She grew up in New York City and Oslo.

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About Stella Descending. Stella descends, over and over, in the course of this haunting novel. She falls from the womb, since her mother gives birth standing up; she falls for Martin, who delivers her new green sofa and refuses to leave; she falls ill and eventually recovers; but her biggest fall, the descent that suffuses her story, is a plunge to her death off a nine-story building.

So begins Linn Ullmann’s transfixing tale of Stella-jealous wife, forbearing lover, angelic nurse, unloved . With a quiet power, Stella Descending gives us the backlit dailiness-and the dark metaphysical underworld-of life in a fabled metropolis.

So begins Linn Ullmann’s transfixing tale of Stella-jealous wife, forbearing lover, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother, and finally, a woman possessed of a secret now for-ever lost to the living. And in brilliantly evoking the loneliness that haunts all our intimacies, it becomes a fable of life everywhere.

On a warm summer night in Oslo, Martin draws Stella into one of the risky games that have defined their ten years together: a balancing act on the edge of their rooftop, seven stories up. Amid the shouts of horrified onlookers, Stella stumbles, falling for a moment into Martin's arms before plummeting to her death. (Did he try to save her?)So begins Linn Ullmann's transfixing tale of a jealous wife, compliant mistress, treasured friend, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother - and finally, a woman possessed of a secret now forever lost to the living. As Stella's life unfolds in the recollections of those she has left beind, we observe the fabric of many unravelling lives. And as Stella herself bears witness from a place beyond death, we come to understand how precarious her life was behind its facade of loveliness and order. With a quiet power, STELLA DESCENDING gives us the backlit dailiness - and the dark metaphysical underworld - of life in a fabled metropolis. And in brilliantly evoking the loneliness that haunts all our intimacies, it becomes a fable of life everywhere.

Comments:

Phobism
Unfortunately, I read Ullmann's Cold Song first, her most recent novel, and Cold Song is much more intelligent and fleshed out than Stella Descending. This says to me that Ullmann is growing and developing as a novelist, but in itself Stella Descending is a disappointment.
I could not identify with any of the characters. I disliked all the characters and sometimes wanted to tell them all to "get a life." Bent on self-destruction and the destruction of others, Stella and Martin are just incomprehensible characters. It is hard to know why they married each other, what they expect from each other, and why they are constantly so mean and nasty. At times reading this book is a real chore, an invitation to participate in the neurotic games of spouses who lack self-awareness and never try to clarify to themselves why they act the way they do. For example, when Martin has the nightmares about Bee and cannot sleep, he does not mention them to his wife because he is afraid of her reaction. There is a thick wall between these two, which they have built themselves, and they can't hear each other over or through this wall. Is there no therapy in Norway? If I had Martin's dreams, I would have gone to a therapist, and I would tell my husband about them. In the absence of therapy, or let's say psychological understanding, the writer cannot do much to explain her characters. She throws them into depths she cannot herself fathom. She plays around with them, providing various narrative techniques, but no clarity regarding their motives. Even the girls--Amanda and Bee--are off-putting. They are all grown-up in their cynicism and lack of wonder. Who would want to be in their vicinity? Reviewers have called it "magic realism," but in the absence of empathy for any of the characters, how can this book be magical in any way?
I am hcv men
Great book.
Jum
Brooding, melancholy heroes and heroines are a staple of Scandinavian film and literature going back many, many years. The names of the artists are almost too numerous to mention but not a few have buttressed impressive careers depicting characters who far from exhibiting an insouciant joie de vivre demonstrate rather its opposite.
To judge by the evidence of her 2001 novel Stella Descending Linn Ullmann was well on the way to keeping the flag flying. At the very least she takes a leaf out of the book in her portrayal of individuals not exactly content in the skins God has blessed them with, people for whom the mere fact of existence is a trial that ideally cannot pass soon enough. There are individual reasons for this but, yes, it may be something inescapable to the extent that it is inherent in the blood of those born in the wilds of northern Europe.
Stella's literal descent occurs early in the piece. As she is, decidedly, the warmest and most multi-dimensional among a cold lot this would be a pity but for the fact that she comes to life in the first person recollections of her near and dear, principally her ageing, irascible friend Axel. Then, in the second part of the novel, she is allowed considerable space to speak for herself.
The tag team first person narration is effective, allowing great intimacy as we inhabit the minds and worlds of Stella herself, Axel, a police special investigator (and through her Stella's enigmatic husband Martin), Stella's daughter from a previous relationship Amanda and even some of the witnesses to Stella's fall from a rooftop.
Whether Martin tried to save his wife or contributed to her fall is in its way beside the point. But the incident serves as the port of entry into a novel about worlds colliding and the inability of people to tell each other - even those to whom they are closest - what's really in their hearts. A curse, alas, that can pass from generation to generation like an unrequited family feud.
Ygglune
I read and loved Before You Sleep five years ago and I cannot believe that I waited this long to read another Linn Ullmann novel. The Scandinavian author is known for writing strange, imaginative literature with a great deal of magic realism. Her novels are more fables than anything else. She has once again floored me with Stella Descending. This dark story set in Oslo, Norway, centers on the mystery surrounding a married couple. Martin and Stella are on a rooftop where she plummets to her death. No one knows how it happened. Did she lose her footing, or did her husband kill her? Further speculations begin. Were Martin and Stella happy? How do their children feel about their parents? Martin is quite an enigmatic individual. He neither admits fault nor defends himself against the allegations. What transpires is a disarming story that centers on marriage, family and fidelity (or lack thereof). There are a lot of twists in this novel.

Linn Ullmann uses different kinds of narrative throughout the novel. Even Stella narrates part of the novel after her death. Not only is the story told in various points of view, there are several stories within the story, fables as such, and has some rather bizarre magic realism and disarming erotica to boot. She did this with Before You Sleep, and it can be quite confusing if you don't follow the story. But that is what I love about this author. Ms. Ullmann writes with beautiful, stark prose. Her novels have a mixture of brutal truth and confounded metaphors. She is like Amanda Filipacchi in that she writes obscure, complex stories with magical realism and dark humor in the mix. This novel is though provoking to the max -- one that you will think about for days to come. I for one have placed this in my re-read pile. Are you in the bargain for a deep, literary read? I recommend Stella Descending.
Eta
Linn Ullmann seems to have a great talent for character development, and Stella Descending survives on that talent. The psychology of Stella, and the psychological testimonies of those who surround her and affect her eventual, final fate provide for a captivating, well-executed mystery-esque novel. Slightly reminiscent of "Smilla's Sense of Snow," but with more personal intrigue than physical adventure. An enjoyable read; great for one sitting.

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