Among the Bieresch

Among the Bieresch Young Hans arrives with one suitcase in a squalid village on the eastern edge of empire a surreal postwar Austria His uncle has died and according to the tradition required by his people the Bieresch

  • Title: Among the Bieresch
  • Author: Klaus Hoffer Isabel Fargo Cole
  • ISBN: 9780857423061
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Young Hans arrives with one suitcase in a squalid village on the eastern edge of empire a surreal postwar Austria His uncle has died, and according to the tradition required by his people the Bieresch Hans must assume his uncle s place for one year In a series of interactions with the village s tragicomic characters and their contradictory stories and scriptures, the relYoung Hans arrives with one suitcase in a squalid village on the eastern edge of empire a surreal postwar Austria His uncle has died, and according to the tradition required by his people the Bieresch Hans must assume his uncle s place for one year In a series of interactions with the village s tragicomic characters and their contradictory stories and scriptures, the reluctant Hans must face a world both familiar and alien.Among the Bieresch is Hans s story one of bizarre customs, tangled relationships, and the struggle between two mystical sects The novel, translated by Isabel Fargo Cole, is a German cult favorite and a masterwork of culture shock fiction that revels in exploring oppressive cultural baggage and assimilation Readers will encounter here an amalgam drawing from Kafka, Borges, and Beckett, among others, combining to make Klaus Hoffer s novel a world utterly its own One of the few works that will loom from the dust of this century one day Urs Widmer

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    1. On the surface this is the story of a young man who is required, following his uncle's death, to travel to the small community of Zick, in a remote part of Austria populated by the Bieresch. Here he is required to assume a traditional role demanded by the unusual customs of these people with whom he has little experience. He soon finds that he is caught in a world of competing beliefs and traditions. Beneath the surface Hoffer draws on a rich range of resources to tell a story that can be read a [...]

    2. This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of World Literature Today Magazineliteraturetoday/2

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