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Walter Benjamin stares at the sea

ISBN: 9781685890841
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Melville House (UBD)
Origin: US
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

Welcome to the fictional universe of C. D. Rose, whose stories seem to be set in some unidentifiable but vaguely Mitteleuropean nation, and likewise have an uncanny sense of timelessness, the time could be some cobblestoned Victorian past era, or the present, or even the future. A journalist’s interview with an artist turns into a dizzying roundelay of memory and image. Two Russian brothers, one blind and one deaf, build an intricate model town during an interminable train ride across the steppe. An annotated discography for the works of a long-lost silent film star turns into a mysterious document of obsession. Three Russian sailors must find ways to pass the time on a freighter orphaned in a foreign port. A forgotten composer enters a nostalgic dream-world while marking time in a decaying Romanian seaport. In these 19 dreamlike tales, ghosts of the past mingle with the quiddities of modernity in a bewitching stew where lost masterpieces surface with translations in an invisible language, where image and photograph become mystically entwined, and where the very nature of reality takes on a shimmering sense of possibility and illusion.