Showing posts from March, 2019

Rosmarie Waldrop - the narrator writes to her sister, trying to come to terms with her ancestry: What did her parents, two "ordinary people" in Nazi Germany, really stand for? As Andrea and Doria bear witness to an encroaching evil, the sunken-ship wordplay suggests that together they are a vehicle for exploring a submerged consciousness

Otto Julius Bierbaum - a Gnostic steppingstone between German Romanticism and the nascent Expressionism that had not yet taken root. It presents a vision of the grotesque not just as a way of life, but as a godly path to a higher vision, even when it appears to be but a manifestation of evil.

Gaston de Pawlowski was the France’s Albert Einstein of humor. a dizzying catalog of absurd imaginary gadgets and “improvements” to everyday life. An early satire on consumer society and the cult of the inventor

Ermanno Cavazzoni - his books push the novel to its very limits — “like outpourings of the maniacal”. Here we have the dream as paranoia and the vain struggle to understand the rules that govern life. Here we have the dream as a bizarre library in which the fragility of human knowledge is emphasised again and again

Jean de La Ville de Mirmont - Before his death at the age of 27, he left behind one undisputed classic, self-published a few months before he would meet his fate on the front lines of World War I: an understated, humorous tale of urban alienation that outlines the crushing mediocrity of bureaucratic existence