By Gert Jonke
One of many most adorable riddles of Austrian literature is eventually on hand in English translation: Gert Jonke's 1982 novel, Awakening to the nice Sleep battle, is an day trip via a global in consistent fearful movement, the place truth is swiftly fraying—flags refuse to stay to their poles, lids sidle off in their pots, tram tracks shake their stops away like fleas, and books abandon libraries in droves. Our cicerone in this trip throughout the attainable (and very unlikely) is an "acoustical decorator" via the identify of Burgmüller—a poetical gentleman, the sweetheart of 3 girls, capable of converse with birds, and not less than as philosophically minded as his writer: "Everything has all of sudden develop into so obvious that one can't see via something anymore." This vastly comic—and both melancholic—tale might be Jonke's masterwork.
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