Der Lärm des Fleisches
Mein Großvater konnte fliegen
Allein jenseits der Zeit
Wie schön das Kaputtgehen ist
Ein Jahr im Paradies
THE DICTIONARY OF UNWIELDY WORDS
In cooperation with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart, the Akademie Schloss Solitude invited 140 authors (current and past fellows from the areas of literature, theater, theory and philosophy as well as jurors, employees and guests of the Akademie) to each write a »unwieldy« word in their mother tongue.
They work in offices or in city sanitation, or even work themselves to the bone. They are in search of something, stuck in the mud or waiting for the moment that life takes them on another course. They have desires, fears and fantasies. They live, love and fall ill. They are like us.
Sandfuge (Sand fugue)
In a cathedral, a Burger King and a coffee house, on the backseat of a taxi, while beheading a fish or scrubbing the floor, the characters in István László Geher’s poems are always in search of something.
»Was schön ist und dem Daniel gefällt« (What is beautiful and Daniel likes)
Ernest Wichner, who translated Daniel Bănulescu’s poems into a German that is sometimes tender, sometimes nearly disturbingly raw, describes the Romanian poet’s work as »simultaneously repulsive and beautiful.« Was schön ist und dem Daniel gefällt is a mélange of the affectionate and erotic, the bawdy and strange.
Schule. Unterstufe [School. Elementary]
In his novel School, Latvian author Pauls Bankovskis refrains from depicting pretty remembrances of an untroubled youth. Rather he tells dark stories packaged in a clear, almost disturbingly sober style.
Naive Pflanze [Naïve Plant]
Bálint Harcos volume of prose, Naiv Növény/Naïve Plant, appeared in September 2008 in German translation at merz&solitude. It tells of a young man’s attempt to liberate himself from all social and cultural contexts to achieve full freedom and emerge completely anew.
Dream Homes. Snapshots and Short Stories from Capetown
Yet, in Dream Homes, Henrietta Rose-Innes offers manifold changes of perspective. Her protagonists demonstrate the moment of self-awareness, which is triggered by extraordinary experiences with foreign people and unfamiliar places.
Europa hat die Form meines Gehirns (Europe has the Shape of my Brain)
The Akademie publishes a collection of eight texts under the title »Europe has the Shape of my Brain«. Cartarescu wrote them between 1990 and 2007 and half of them have, until now, been unpublished in German. Even if the subjects of his texts are »circumstantially« Romanian, he rejects the role of »resident Romanian« and claims the universal »creative spirit« of literature.
Diese Fremden (These Strangers)
»These strangers« are completely normal people - they have families and neighbors, superficially chat about the weather or their children, and live in single-family homes like those you see in American television series.
Térey’s literature is marked by a quiet ironic game with words and images that constantly capture the reader. Artfully written and translated into German, his poems have a reader-friendly surface that creates both fun and pensiveness in its audience.
9 Kilo (Nine Kilos)
The Hungarian author Zsuzsa Selyem, who lives in Cluj, has given her new novel the title 9 Kilo. In the subtitle, she provocatively juxtaposes this consciously trivially chosen title with psalm 119 from the Book of Psalms.
Körper und Tage/Os corpos e os dias (Bodies and Days)
Laura Erber’s Körper und Tage (Body and Days) is a finely woven lyrical volume of short verses that are repeatedly interspersed with silence. The sequence of texts refers to both the image sequences of cinema and the stream of desire.
Miracles sometimes occur in the world of theater. Modest, fearless young people appear who dare to deal with the major topics of theater history. Like Margareth Obexer, who asks anew about the material of the Greek tragedies and confronts us with a new kind of tragedy.