Tutti a Zanzibar

Tutti a Zanzibar All inizio del XXI secolo A D sette miliardi di esseri umani brulicano sulla Terra un pianeta sovrappopolato spaventosamente inquinato e mortalmente competitivo In questo classico futuro d inf

  • Title: Tutti a Zanzibar
  • Author: John Brunner Renato Prinzhofer
  • ISBN: 9788842903949
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • All inizio del XXI secolo, A.D 2010, sette miliardi di esseri umani brulicano sulla Terra un pianeta sovrappopolato, spaventosamente inquinato e mortalmente competitivo In questo classico futuro d inferno le nazioni se la giocano ai dadi e la politica sporca non fa sconti a nessuno, usando senza scrupoli scienza e tecnologia Questa la storia di Norman Niblock HouseAll inizio del XXI secolo, A.D 2010, sette miliardi di esseri umani brulicano sulla Terra un pianeta sovrappopolato, spaventosamente inquinato e mortalmente competitivo In questo classico futuro d inferno le nazioni se la giocano ai dadi e la politica sporca non fa sconti a nessuno, usando senza scrupoli scienza e tecnologia Questa la storia di Norman Niblock House, dirigente rampante della General Technics, e di Donald Hogan, la spia Ma anche la storia della Beninia, un paese africano disposto a vendersi alla GT pur di uscire dal Terzo Mondo, e dello Yatakang, lo Stato che non arretra di fronte al ricatto delle manipolazioni genetiche Questa la storia non dell apocalisse ma di come si architetta l apocalisse Mattone per mattone, in uno spaventoso e realistico reportage dal futuro.

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    1. :: Stand on Zanzibar is one of my favorite novels ::a) Stand on Zanzibar is about overpopulation. if the entire world's population were to stand on Zanzibar, it would sink.b) Stand on Zanzibar is about information. how is it processed? what does it really mean?c) Stand on Zanzibar is about the evils and cupidity of corporatization. it is about how a corporation may be able to do a good thing, despite itself.d) Stand on Zanzibar is about the evils and stupidity of the State. it provides many exam [...]

    2. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner is an amazing book. First of all, the title comes from the idea of putting all the people on the planet in one place. A nineteenth century commentator speculated that if everyone were to stand, and have maybe a couple feet square around him or her, then everyone could stand together on the Isle of Wight. Some time later this concept was expanded due to population increases to speculate that the same experiment could be done on the Isle of Man. Brunner, setting h [...]

    3. This psychedelic novel, is set in the far distant future, 2010! When we can look forward to picture phones, holographic t.v. sets , Moon bases looking down on the poor, struggling, threatened Earth, and battery powered cars everywhere, (can't wait) but no cell phones or internet, the book was written in 1968, which shows how useless forecasting the future is, if the obvious has to be stated again The happening man is Mr.Norman Niblock House, he lives in a domed Manhattan, the rest of New York Ci [...]

    4. Definitely one of the best SF dystopias, which IMHO deserved more attention. OK, it's fair that "1984" and "Brave New World" received greater critical acclaim - there's no doubt that they are better. But there must be a hundred people who have read them for every one who's read Zanzibar, and that's not an accurate reflection of the difference in quality. Brunner has some interesting things to say that you won't find in either of the other two books, and he writes quite well.By the way, in case y [...]

    5. Some novels should only be read once. On my second read, I wanted to downgrade my estimation of the novel by a star.I felt sad.Sure. Shalmaneser was and still is my go-to model for a hell of a kick-ass supercomputer developing true intelligence and will, with all of it's concomitant problems, such as addiction and hallucination. (How very 1969 of a novel, Mr. Brunner.)And yes, when I first read this back in 1990, I was surprised and oh so pleased by all the counterculture, drug use, clandestine [...]

    6. That was 600+ pages of sheer eccentricity! Not in a bad way, but wow. I love books like this, that push the boundaries in some way, play around with indirect narrative. As long as they know why they're doing it. This one did.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    7. 6.0 stars (One of my All Time Favorites). A staggering novel. Rich in characters, a superbly crafted story that moves very quickly and deals with some very important issues. I absolutely loved this book and consider it one of the true classics of Science Fiction. Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1969)Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1969)Winner: Britsh Science Fiction Award for Best Novel (1970)

    8. 6.0 stars (One of my All Time Favorites). A staggering novel. Rich in characters, a superbly crafted story that moves very quickly and deals with some very important issues. I absolutely loved this book and consider it one of the true classics of Science Fiction. Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1969)Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1969)Winner: Britsh Science Fiction Award for Best Novel (1970)

    9. Reading this before discovering DosPassos' U.S.A I was mightily impressed by Brunner's originality of technique. Discovering U.S.A I was even more impressed by DosPassos, of course, but did not fault Brunner's employment of the other's proven methods for painting an enormous, richly textured picture of a possible future.The book was anxiety-provoking in 1969. The accuracy of many of Brunner's predictions makes one wonder about the increasingly large subgenre of science fiction books which are se [...]

    10. This is not a proper review. I just want to share my opinion.One of the fictitious nation on this novel, Yatakang, is a good analogy/shadowing of Indonesia at second half of 1960s period condition. Maybe that helps me to give high rating for this book. There isn't many SF books that picturing the Indonesia as details as this book. Until now, this is the best that I have found so far.

    11. One of the best SF dystopias from the late 60s about overpopulation in the future, and deserving of a much broader audience. One of my early high school favorites.

    12. I asked sci fi guru Mark for a recommendation, and I all I got was this Stand on Zanzibar. (Well, Dhalgren as well, but that may have to wait for another lifetime). Well phew. Climbing Mount Everest might have been a tad easier than ploughing through this m, actually, Mark may have threatened me with Shalmaneser obliteration if I don’t show proper encomium so I better not say is clunker. Well, but it is: its chunky and clunky and all 1960s ‘groovy baby’ and full of revolutionary hype and t [...]

    13. Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up were two of my favourite books at university, and the covers even appear in my Master's Thesis.Brunner wrote a few truly awful sci-fi books early in his career, and then "something happened (LSD?)", and then he wrote these two masterpieces. Truly Awesome books!Set in 2010, note that the book features a president named "Obomi" !!

    14. Found it interesting; a unique style of writing. I've read different ways; the normal way from front to end, then also by sticking to the sub-headings; context, the happening world, tracking with closeups, etc. Either way, it made for excellent reading.

    15. Simultaneously reading like a deadly earnest Illuminatus! Trilogy scrubbed of all the conspiracy nuttiness*, a fictionalized parable of Toffler's classic Future Shock, a finger-wagging sermon about the evils of overpopulation, and a whacked-out Jeff Noon media scramble, Stand on Zanzibar is one of the coolest bits of New Wave science fiction a reader could pick up.A lot of people who pick up a John Brunner novel -- or indeed any older science fiction novel -- in the 21st century get hung up on e [...]

    16. this is perhaps one of the most prescient science fiction novels ever written.i picked this up relatively recently, aware that it had a certain reputation as a classic of the genre, but also expecting it to have aged relatively badly, like many classics of the time. i was aiming to fill a gap in my reading, but wasn't expecting it to be particularly enjoyable it is i was very pleasantly surprised. Brunner's style is very contemporary and not in the least stuffy. his speculative science, though n [...]

    17. Well, what an amazing novel. Totally unique and ahead if its time. I was intrigued by the fact it was written in 1968 and the story was set in 2010!I loved the phrases the author invented - codders and shiggies (men and women), mockers, sheeting hell (I say that a lot myself now!), pint of whaledreck.I loved the vast array of colourful characters - especially the inimitable Chad C Mulligan.Some of the scenes (most of them very short and shocking) will stick in my memory for a long time. Such as [...]

    18. A difficult to read. Difficult to rate. It's a masterpiece.Many others have summarized it brilliantly. I wouldn't even try.However, it is an outstanding and unique work from a guy who, until then (1967) primarily published - as did PKD - in Ace Double paperbacks.It's a book about everything, and written in a very unusual and clever fashion with simultaneous overlapping segments: Context. The happening world. Tracking with closeups. Continuity.The bulk of the "actual novel" is in the "continuity" [...]

    19. A dystopic collage of media overstimulation and neocolonial globalization, a highly textured sensory experience of our own world, five years ago, predicted nearly 50 years ago. Most interesting is not what he got right, but the few things he got wrong.

    20. A lot of folks love this book, and I really tried to like it, and maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but these characters, and the way they treated women, was just too annoying to me. I gave up.

    21. Where to start when talking about Stand on Zanzibar? Maybe the meaning of the title:"And to close on, the Dept of Small Consolations Some troubledome just figured out that if you allow for every codder and shiggy and appleofmyeye a space one foot by two you could stand us all on the six hundred forty square mile surface on the island of Zanzibar ToDAY third MAY twenty-TEN come aGAIN!"By the end of the book, several months later, poor Zanzibar can no longer hold all of humanity and some of our nu [...]

    22. Some love this book and some hate it. I find myself more in between, because this is a serviceable novel, with occasional exciting and insightful bits, but not one that coheres or gels in a satisfactory way. Yes, the narrative technique Brunner used to tell his story was, I guess, unique at the time it was written, but I believe its "experimental" nature has been grossly exaggerated. Basically, there is a definite plot in the middle of all this, a rather dull one, but it is interspersed with adv [...]

    23. I've read this book twice now, once a few months back and once in the early 90's. While I still greatly enjoyed the novel, it didn't stand up to a second reading as well as I thought it might.'Stand on Zanzibar' is told in a very modern style that could be off-putting to some, although it is far more approachable than some other canonical stories from experimental 'New Wave' science fiction from the same period. And, as 'New Wave' there is some casual brutality to the story that some others migh [...]

    24. A difficult book to wade into. Not due to the subject matter, but rather getting to know the vernacular of Brunner's near-future, becoming acquainted with largish cast of characters (of whom only 5 are so are of primary importance, but there are dozens of ancillary characters), and the organization of the book. Chapters of plot (labelled as 'Continuity' in the header) are cut and spliced with scenes that have no direct bearing on the primary plot or advertising scripts or some other such thing. [...]

    25. I understand this was a breakthrough novel for 1967, and it is full of ideas that are staggering for the time it was written, but for me this didn't work as a novel. The characters all leave me cold (with the exception of Chad Mulligan - he was great), which is a problem for such a long book. I like the idea of all these snap shots of the world, like a photomontage, but for me it would have worked better if they were fleshed out a bit more, given a more personal focus. And as for the two main pl [...]

    26. This and "The Sheep Look Up" are Brunner's masterworks, though there are dozens of worthwhile reads from his amazing pen. This involved work, structurally based on John Dos Passos' "U.S.A. trilogy," gives a full worldview of what was then a not-too-distant future. Brunner had a knack for extrapolating current events and where they were likely to lead, and what we have in "Stand on Zanzibar" is a world that is in many ways like the one in which we now live. A cloak-and-dagger mystery as well as s [...]

    27. I posted a longer review to my blog, but one basic summary is that the present isn't that different from Brunner's imagined future, and it is all our fault.I loved how Brunner presented the feeling of information overload, in fact I had more fun reading the first half of the book, which is less story and more atmosphere, than I did reading the actual plot-heavy parts.

    28. Like most of the science fiction-books that deal with the near future, John Brunner's "Stand on Zanzibar" takes place on an overcrowded dystopic Earth.The title of the book comes from the fact that by the time of World War I you could stand the whole of the human race on the 147-square-mile Isle of Wight. In the year 2010, when this book takes place, you would need a larger island, like the 640-square-mile Zanzibar.In this future world the government tries to stop the overcrowding by eugenic leg [...]

    29. A couple weeks have gone by, and I'm still thinking of this book. That's probably a good sign. I've finished other books in the time since, but I've spent more time mulling over Stand on Zanzibar. I think my original rating was perhaps a bit harsh, and I'll give it an extra star, so it's now sitting at 3.5 stars. Worth reading, but I won't be rereading it any time soon.---Hmmm I'll give this one 2.5 stars. Yes, it was a good book, and yes it was a great concept, but there was some big drawbacks [...]

    30. John Brunner - Stand On Zanzibar (1968) [2011] Reader: Erik Bergmann UnabridgedRuntime: 21h 14mn 59sec Total Number of Audio Files: 120 Audio: MP3 1969 Hugo Winner; 1969 BSFA Winner; 1968 Nebula NomineePublisher's Promo: Norman Niblock House is a rising executive at General Technics, one of a few all- powerful corporations. His work is leading General Technics to the forefront of global domination, both in the marketplace and politically - it's about to take over a country in Africa. Donald Hoga [...]

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