Awakening to the Great Sleep War

One of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation Gert Jonke s 1982 novel, Awakening to the Great Sleep War, is an expedition through a world in constant nervous motion, where reality is rapidly fraying flags refuse to stick to their poles, lids sidle off of their pots, tram tracks shake their stops away like fleas, and booksOne of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation Gert Jonke s 1982 novel, Awakening to the Great Sleep War, is an expedition through a world in constant nervous motion, where reality is rapidly fraying flags refuse to stick to their poles, lids sidle off of their pots, tram tracks shake their stops away like fleas, and books abandon libraries in droves Our cicerone on this journey through the possible and impossible is an acoustical decorator by the name of Burgm ller a poetical gentleman, the lover of three women, able to communicate with birds, and at least as philosophically minded as his author Everything has suddenly become so transparent that one can t see through anything any This enormously comic and equally melancholic tale is perhaps Jonke s masterwork.
Awakening to the Great Sleep War One of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation Gert Jonke s novel Awakening to the Great Sleep War is an expedition through a world in constant

  • Title: Awakening to the Great Sleep War
  • Author: Gert Jonke Jean M. Snook
  • ISBN: 9781564787941
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Awakening to the Great Sleep War”

    1. "Some days the buildings pull in their protruding bay window stomachs and bashfully fold back their elegantly pointed balcony breasts, as if obeying an order to stand at attention with their mortar smoothed flat and their walls erect, because the municipal authorities, that is, their superiors, the towers, have come to make a report. They have put on their clockwork cupolas and are wearing the marshal’s baton tips of their weathercockscomb teeth on the bell chambers.Some days the streetcar tra [...]

    2. From the very first page, Gert Jonke’s Awakening to the Great Sleep War boldly announces that it will defy definition as a standard piece of easy digestible fiction by introducing its protagonist as a man who converses with telamones, atlantes, and caryatids and tries rather unsuccessfully to persuade them to appear for dinner at his apartment. Conversation and invitation in of itself isn’t all that strange. Conversation with supposedly inanimate objects like stone support columns and marble [...]

    3. This book is whimsical yet melancholy narrative that details the life of man named Burgmuller, stuck between the his own temporary world and a more permanent world of anthropomorphic beings. Jonke's writing is anything but straightforward and his narrative description seemed a bit verbose at times. The novel did make me consider just how much is missed when one closes his or her eyes.

    4. Didn't do a whole lot for me right now. I had trouble following it. I may just need to revisit it sometime later.

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