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Guesthouse at the Sign of the Teetering Globe

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Title: Guesthouse at the Sign of the Teetering Globe
Author: Reventlow, Franziska Zu
ISBN: 9783947325009
Publisher: Rixdorf Editions
Published: 2017
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New
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Fiction 1314062

Publisher Description:
Fiction. Short Stories. Translated from the German by James J. Conway. In 1917, the world appears to be tilting on its axis. Accustomed certainties are no more, alliances are forged and just as soon abandoned. In the first of seven thematically related stories, we meet reform-minded German eccentric Hieronymus Edelmann on a Spanish island, where he leads a crocodile around on a leash and lures his compatriots to a precarious guesthouse. His motives are opaque, but one of his schemes is a correspondence association which appears to be an analogue chat room. Elsewhere we find the polished little man who moves in truly mysterious ways and may in fact be a group delusion; a séance that turns into an illicit affair across dimensions; and a band of travellers overawed by the occult power of their luxury luggage--consumers possessed by their possessions. The surreal scenarios of THE GUESTHOUSE AT THE SIGN OF THE TEETERING GLOBE remain vivid and unsettling a century later. With dry humour and a profound sense of the uncanny, bohemian countess Franziska zu Reventlow diagnoses a world in feverish transition. This is the first book by Reventlow to appear in English, in an edition that also features three short stories by the author and an extensive afterword.

[T]he ten stories in the collection, of which seven are loosely connected, are hybrids, hovering between genres and styles, ultimately remaining unclassifiable, with a whiff of the parabolic Kafkaesque riddle about them. Showing a wry and understated sense of humour, some might perhaps best be described as surreal travel tales, sharpened by a satirical gaze and a finely developed gift for evocative details.--Anna Katharina Schaffner

GUESTHOUSE AT THE SIGN OF THE TEETERING GLOBE, with its unconventional plot twists, carnivalesque characters, and existential concerns, will likely appeal to fans of both canonical writers like Kafka and Camus, as well as contemporary authors João Gilberto Noll and Can Xue.--