Brutt, Or The Sighing Gardens (Avant-Garde & Modernism Collection)

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brtt, or The Sighing Gardens is the hallucinatory tale of an obsessive writers love affair late in life as told through the daily journal entries of the writera montage of relentless observation interspersed with found materials from newspaper articles, literature, and private correspondence. The process of aging and the process of writing are two persistent and carefully intertwined themes, though it is apparent that plot and theme are subordinate to the linguistic experiments that Friederike Mayrcker performs as she explores them. Mayrcker is known for crossing the boundaries of literary forms and in her prose work she creates a hypnotic, slurred narrative stream that is formally seamless while simultaneously overstepping all the bounds of grammar and style. She is always pushing to expose the limits of language and explore its experimental potential, seeking a re-ordering of the world through the re-ordering of words. Her multilayered texts are reminiscent of the traditions of Surrealism and Dadaism and display influences from the works of Beckett, Hlderlin, Freud, and Barthes. Yet, much of Mayrockers writing simply has no corollary and the experience of reading Roslyn Theobalds brilliant translation grants the English-speaking audience an unforgettable encounter with this completely original work.

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