What is the slowest kind of hero

Top 10 slowest heroes in world literature

Ilya Ilyich Oblomow (Ivan Goncharov) He is rich, lazy and passive, the afternoon nap is the center of his day, he does not take responsibility for others or for himself. In short: Oblomow is a superfluous person with parasitic tendencies. Goncharov wrote the novel in 1859 as an indictment against the large landowners in Russia. Later, Oblomov's name was adopted into psychiatry as a term for a weak-willed person.

Bartleby the Scribe (Herman Melville) As an employee of a New York attorney, the clerk Bartleby tirelessly copies contracts, but politely declines any other activity. “I'd rather not,” is his legendary answer to the boss. Soon he even succeeds in conquering the office for himself with his quiet persistence, when the boss, in order to get rid of him, cannot think of anything else than to move. In the end, Bartleby dies of his own refusal to live. Melville wrote larger novels ("Moby Dick") and short stories ("Billy Budd"), but in terms of their influence, this story of quiet industry and hermitism comes close to Kafka.

Young man with weak nerves (Marcel Proust) The young man suffers from asthma and weak nerves and otherwise resembles his creator Marcel Proust. The opening scene of the novel “In Search of Lost Time” describes over 30 pages how Proust's nameless alter ego tries in vain to fall asleep. No wonder that the (unfinished) novel comprises seven volumes. Whoever has the patience accompanies the hero in his idle drift through the salons, breathes the scent of the bouquets and draperies, marvels at the folds of the magnificent clothes and is rewarded with the endless stretching of the moment.

Frank Lehmann (Sven Regener) Losers can also be personable. In any case, Frank Lehmann didn't get any further than from Bremen to West Berlin. Completely overwhelmed by life, he deceives himself, gets lost in the nightlife of the walled city - until this wall falls. Element of Crime singer Regener met an attitude towards life with “Herr Lehmann”: that of young adults in Berlin in the late 80s. Today's hipsters would like to be as cool as Lehmann, but they don't have the savvy to live that.

Tarragon and Vladimir (Samuel Beckett) Tarragon and Vladimir are waiting. And wait. Somewhere. We don't find out why. They are waiting - as the name of the play reveals - for Godot. We do not find out who it is. Beckett didn't know either: "If I had known who Godot is, I would not have written the piece." At this point, we will spare you the empty phrases about the futility of human existence and the certainty of decay that are commonly written about something to appear smarter. The piece is really funny too.

John Franklin (Sten Nadolny) As a child he is thought to be insane because it takes so long to understand something. Playing ball is also out of the question because quick reactions are impossible for him. Little John doesn't mind that much, he just watches. And develops the gift of precise observation and accuracy that make him an extraordinary strategist and discoverer as an adult. Nadolny based his protagonist in “The Discovery of Slowness” on the English captain and polar explorer John Franklin (1786-1847), but always emphasized that it was a fictional character. In particular, the eponymous slowness is not historically proven, but a plea for discovering the world at your own pace.

The good-for-nothing (Joseph von Eichendorff) He is a dreamer, late riser and notorious late comer - and is shown by his father, a hardworking miller, in front of the door. Even so, he is far from thinking of submitting to the dictates of efficiency and discipline. The (nameless) title character - the prototype of the romantic hero - prefers to experience a few adventures in Eichendorff's “From the Life of a Good-for-nothing” and finds great love. He only feels disturbed by the express coaches of the Schnellpost, which in the mid-1820s were already traveling up to nine kilometers an hour, and complains: "I didn't have time to reflect."

Hans Castorp (Thomas Mann) The young man from the Hamburg merchant family travels for a short visit to the Berghof Lung Sanatorium in Davos and stays for seven years. After just a few days he succumbs to the fascination for the enigmatic, sensual fellow patient with the Kyrgyz eyes and is forever lost to the efficient, middle-class life in the lowlands. With relish he surrenders to the musical sphere of the doubtful, the irresponsible, the sweet longing for death. The contradiction between bourgeoisie and the passionate unrestrained artistry has occupied Thomas Mann all his life; In his novel “The Magic Mountain” he is also concerned with the phenomenon of time and the “questionability and dual nature of this mysterious element”.

Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough and others) Nero Wolfe is a rich, highly intelligent private detective, weighing 140 kilos, an orchid grower and a passionate misogynist who is reluctant to leave his house. In return, his helper Archie Goodwin, from whose point of view the 38 novels and 42 short stories are told, gets his mouth full in no time at all. The eponymous Wolfe, on the other hand, just sits around knocking slogans. Completely unsympathetic, but then again an original figure.

Santiago the Fisherman (Ernest Hemingway) At the end of the human versus marlin fight, the fish is dead, but becomes a victim of the sharks. Otherwise not much happens in The Old Man and the Sea, which won Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. There are several previous versions of the story, one of them in the unfortunately badly edited novel "Islands in the Stream": Here a boy fights a marlin. The whole thing is commented on with many alcohol-laden puberty jokes. "It's all very vain, said the preacher ..."