By Martin Walser
Trans Leina Vennewitz
Martin Walser, one of many most excellent literary figures in Germany this present day, has written a unique of perception and humor, a piece that makes use of a typical and human state of affairs to painting a common clash; the predicament of guy in glossy post-industrial society.
Walser's Lake Constance sequence continues--the topics (self-abasement, alienation, mystery pleasure, the comedian will) staying remarkably consistent as each one ebook varies the package deal. The protagonist this time is Franz Horn, a division head for a German denture producer who has obvious his profession upward push, fall, then point out into nonentity. A failed suicide, he watches wryly because the comparable direction turns out to use to his leader rival, Horst Liszt, a more youthful guy whom Horn hates yet now additionally pities. the shape of address--Horn to Liszt--is ostensibly a letter of apology: the 2 have drunkenly fought whereas ready at a lakeside bar for a sail with the boss (who by no means exhibits up). meanwhile, they've inebriated an excessive amount of wine and set free loads of hostility. Horn's complicated, book-length letter starts off being sorry yet abandons the pretense fast: it's a tua culpa, if something, steeped in resentment for previous accidents (and Walser is significant at this: how his characters make special, virtually microscopic references to humans and occasions the reader is completely at midnight approximately. . .and but how, during this exhibit of human self-absorption, there's whatever mysteriously orienting. . .and funny). What's speedy obvious is that Hem has well-known the shared victimization via the boss of either himself and Liszt--which parlays into the touching existential comedy that's an indicator of those novels (Runaway Horse, The Swan Villa, the interior Man). P.S. after P.S. ultimately has Horn admitting: ""The quantity of my defeat is going past whatever i will consider. So I'm in luck."" yet another very unique paintings of fiction through one of many world's finest writers.
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I k n e w o n ly too w e ll w h y . Y o u had ju st had a chance to see a side o f M r. T h iele that o n ly those see w h o se usefulness to him is begin n in g to decline. I k n o w all about that, m y lord: h o w T h iele lo ok s at one the w a y a bank m anager lo ok s at a custom er for w h o m he has ju st had to put in a reserve in his balance sheet. A n d y o u r w ife had ju st recently m ade her first fe w trips to Paris w ith O lg a Steinm etz. For m onths M r. T h iele had been shaking his head over yo u , ju st as he did at one tim e o v er m e.
W h y sh ou ld n ’t T h iele n o w . . oh w ell . . m aybe all that w as a bit too fanciful. B u t h e’d still like to w o rk it all out, and early to m o rro w m orning, ve ry early, w ith all this business behind him , drive up 2 í to B o d n e g g . ” Franz H orn thought: T h a t’s putting it m ildly! N o w he w as determ ined to stay here. H ad she seen his sunglasses? Yes, she’d b ro u g h t them along because h e’d left them behind. Y ou did? Yes. H m . M essage from his m other: he m ust be sure to arrive in tim e for breakfast.
Y o u never tire o f the feeling that you are in the right. I can see y o u grin nin g as y o u read this. Y ou w ith 4 3 yo u r sense o f hum or. Y ou have a great sense o f hum or. You consist alm ost entirely o f a sense o f hum or. In yo u r o w n case, especially, you w o n ’t allo w anything to interfere w ith that sense o f h um or that coats every thing w ith a blissful buzz. Particularly ever since you r star— as T h iele w o u ld put it— has been som ew hat on the w ane. A s far as yo u r o w n feelings are concerned, y o u ’re still on top o f the w o rld , whereas I w ish to point out to y o u w h at w e n o w have in com m on.