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Walaschek's dream

Orelli, Giovanni  more...
   

Format: Paperback
Library Classification: Adult Fiction
BIC Subjects: General & literary fiction
Audience: General/tradeProfessional and scholarly
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: 22/05/2012
Place of Publication: United Kingdom





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Giovanni Orelli s docufictional phantasmagoria revisits a lesser-known painting by Paul Klee titled Alphabet I, which features black letters and symbols scrawled over the sports page of a newspaper reporting Switzerland s victory over Nazi Germany in the 1938 Swiss National Cup. This play of coincidences sets the stage for Orelli s encyclopedic portrait of European culture under Nazism, where a motley crew of philosopher-peasants as well as historical luminaries like Arthur Schopenhauer, Vincent van Gogh, Viktor Shklovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Klee himself, and the titular footballer Eugene Walaschek all meet at the local tavern and debate the significance of Klee s work.