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Denis Scheck © Guenther Schwering

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With its daunting singularity, Franz Kafka’s oeuvre stands alone in the literary landscape of the 20th century. The unerring logic of Kafka’s surrealism, the immense potentialities and vistas he envisioned are the expression of an unexampled quest for artistic individuality, the desire and necessity to escape the dictates of life by means of art. In his stylistically brilliant biography, Rainer Stach shows us what happens when life and art collide and how a tormented child turned into arguably the most fascinating novelist of the 20th century. The final volume “Die frühen Jahre” (The Early Years) joins “Die Jahre der Entscheidungen” (The Years of Decision) and “Die Jahre der Erkenntnis” (The Years of Mastery) to complete the trilogy.

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Denis Scheck © Guenther Schwering

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In its ludic approach to literary forms and the whole panoply of narrative processes, Christoph Ransmayr’s “Spielformen des Erzählens” (The Narration Game) is one of the most wide-ranging and interesting works that contemporary literature has to offer. In the last volume in the series (based on interviews with Denis Scheck) Christoph Ransmayr reminds us that what moves, captivates or overwhelms us in poetry frequently revolves around imperilled innocence, the archaic or the traumatic, while in prose and drama it tends to be the untrammelled or the insane. One of the sublimest gifts of literature is the tuition of the imagination via an account of the real life of an individual. This, says Ransmayr, makes us immune against dogma and cliché, the harbingers of barbarity, and may even enable us to find something remotely like happiness.

In cooperation with Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof