Walaschek's Dream

Walaschek's Dream by Giovanni Orelli, Jamie Richards, Daniel Rothenbuhler

ISBN10: 1564787222
ISBN13: 978-1564787224
Author: Giovanni Orelli, Jamie Richards, Daniel Rothenbuhler
Title: Walaschek's Dream
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1309 kb
Size PDF: 1711 kb
Rating: 4.0/5
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Subcategory: Literary

Walaschek's Dream by Giovanni Orelli, Jamie Richards, Daniel Rothenbuhler



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 the results of 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. Allusive, ironic, and elegiac, Joycean in scope, "Walaschek's Dream" is a singular meditation on the ephemerality of sport and the immortalizing power of art.


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