By Hans Erich Nossack
Jean-Paul Sartre thought of Nossack (1901-1976) one of many nice German existentialists, and this hypnotic brief novel certainly testifies to a rare inventive sensibility. An unexplained disaster has stripped an unnamed city-and probably the world-of all population aside from the narrator, who wanders its silent streets. with out relationships to others, he has misplaced himself, and he reveals that his desires and musings carry extra clues to his identification than does his waking lifestyles. His stories break out person event and dive into archetype, in order that what Nossick eventually provides is a mythopoetic historical past. A disciplined prose variety wards off authorial self-indulgence, continuously a chance with this sort of visionary or apocalyptic fiction. Giving the unconventional one other, extra pressing element, the writer explains that almost all of Nossack's manuscripts have been destroyed within the Allied bombings of the author's local Hamburg in 1943; An delivering for the lifeless was once first released in 1947.
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You know something? Any man would have wanted her as I had her: as a daughter, or else as a wife or a mother, whatever you like, but not in order to mess her up. For that matter, my daughter had fingernails and knew how to use them. " He sounds a little afraid, but he asks the question just the same. " my uncle exclaims. The young man holding onto the baggage rack moves slightly again. And another sleeper stirs; a woman moves. But the face of the standing youth is different from the one he had revealed before; it is no longer dark with a tortured need for sleep, only troubled, as if he had not been able to close his eyes since he last stirred.
Whistle and Thorn sat But at the in the against a shattered wall the remains of many on either side of gashes that houses, and now linked tortuous little bed now they looked bridge under which the water passed, the water that trickled erratically along among still they were looking at its the stones of the niggardly stream, at the small, more undamaged swollen; now they looked at the smokened mouth of the tunnel that opened a little beyond the bridge in the early-morning mountain; and, turning back from it, their eyes cast down, they looked at the no longer shining rusted rails that, overgrown every so often by heavy thorns, still bore witness to a time of trains in history, trains running along double rails and scarcely starting to take the curve when they entered the other black mouth of that other no less earlymorning mountain.
And it's a big fire," the old woman said. " they asked her. "Of course," she answered. " That meant they must have a lot of wood. Of course, they must have joists and crossbeams. Two or three of them stood up; they wanted to see the fire, see for themselves if it was high, if it was in a square, and what they were doing did: they about it. " they asked. And still others kept on getting up to try to see the fire itself, not simply its glow. " They could hear someone climbing up the rampart of boxes.
An Offering for the Dead by Hans Erich Nossack