Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hermann Burger, Lokalbericht

Hermann Burger (1942–1989) wrote a novel in 1970 called Lokalbericht (1970). It appeared in October 2016. I will buy it and read it. The protagonist of the novel Günter Frischknecht (a composite name made up of Günter Grass and Max Frisch) is writing somewhere in the county of Ticino at the same time a dissertation and a novel by means of two different Zettelkästen.[1] They get mixed up and the slips intermingle. What to do in this situation? Reality and irreality apparently can no longer be distinguished. The novels conceit reminds me of Sterne's Tristram Shandy (and apparently similar situations abound).

I must read it! Ordered it already!

1. "Knecht" in the name may refer to the magister ludi in Hesse's Glass Bead Game.

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