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Ish thermometers appear in the sky as omens to a ski party being osted by a gynocidal maniac the ocean is full of flour and poets declare Brazil socks of the world Screams do not go unheard in this novel Nor are they free from Ulf This novel is barely such a thing it s a picareseue nightmare comedy centered around two correspondents pen pals who Odd Man In have never met and who can never seem to get letters to each other without them crossing in the mail and Ulf s sinister machinations getting in the way Skiers are miniaturized thermometers are abused and female pilots give birth to globes on New Zealand beaches Then there s Ulf And Tom the feverheadimself who Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale has to useis fever to melt Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children his way out ofis iglooI could go on and on This thing is freakish and absurd and I love itLove Ulf This is the only novel Bauer wrote and Carlyle Marney he is known as a playwright This novel explains and illustrates Bauer s techniue of Iave a tenuous grasp on what this book was about the second to last letter almost explained what was going on and then the final letter left me completely baffled again I Shameful have no idea if I ve enjoyed myself I spent the lastalf of the book saying over and over I ave no idea what s going on So Take from that what you will. Bauer's comedy of errors is enacted by an unusual cast that includes microscopic schoolgirls ambiguously sexed nuns incompetent detectives two ultimately bad poets living steam engines and a venerable three eyed sea captain whose two bodies remain exactly 35 metres apart not to mention ULF.
T man Protagonisten wie Ulpian Hemmelberger einen entfernten Verwandten Hubert Fabian Kulterers Ja das zergeht auf der Zunge aber es wirkt auf Dauer zu sehr nur noch sinnfrei Das weitere berkreuzen der Briefe bemerkt man im allgemeinen Chaos der Ereignisse und Charaktere gar nicht mehr Das Fischer Taschenbuch zitiert am Ende eine SZ Rezension von Benjamin Henrichs Man kapiert da man gar nichts kapieren soll Sowas kann lustig sein und sprachlich ist es das ier auch Aber trotzdem auf Dauer nix f r mich this is one i d really like to read again Dear Potential ReaderThis novel starts out as a blithely Sacred Landscapes humorous exchange of missed letters between two idiotic Austrian pen pals but grows increasingly bizarre Theumor wore thin at times and the extreme proliferation of exclamation points made it feel as if the book were screaming at me but I liked the absurdity of it all There are some truly great surreal passages toward the end YoursUlf Music combos When Captain Ox who Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, has two bodies that must be always separated by 35 meters but which are controlled by one consciousness only gets one body trapped in a room in a brothel with two prostitutes and the other body kidnapped by monks the shit reallyits the fan This after giant ell. Ailure nearly every letter crosses in the post and yet they succeed in their uest the search for a perfect thermometer and a serial murderer In fact they both independently discover the secret of the universe in a remote spot thousands of miles from their intended and different destinations.
Nyrb reissue this you cowards Crazy penpals absurdist novella The Feverhead is a droll story of outlandish goings on told via the short letters of Frank Heinz two men who can only be described as uaint uirky and generally off their rockers It begins uite normally but when their letters keep crossing confusion sets in and the two penpals begin to make crazier and crazier claims as to where they are and what they re up to A city inside a giant ead a three eyed seadog captain who Girl Reporter has two bodies just 35m apart transvestite nuns microscopic schoolgirls All sorts of bonkers stuff Recommended to those who enjoy tales of warped imagination and surreal tomfoolery Deutsche Rezension aus HansBlogde Der Briefroman ist auf mehreren Ebenen irre St ndig berkreuzen sich Briefe und Telegramme die Spracheat etwas Besessenes bertrieben Biederes aufdringlich Banales ohne je platt zu bl ken oder kalauern die Handlung wird immer rasender die spie igen Akteure verwickeln sich in immer seltsamere Geschichten bis ins Fantastische Hunted hinein lauter Fieberk pfeUnd darum bin ich nach der H lfte ausgestiegen Wolfgang Bauer 1941 2005 schreibt vergn glich einerseits aber auch v llig verwirrend und wenn man etwas versteht doch implausibel Unentwegt triff. Wolfgang Bauer is best known inis native Austria as a playwright and director and as the author of a single oft reprinted novel The Feverhead written in 1966 The Feverhead is written in the form of letters between a couple of not at all bright Austrians Their correspondence is doomed to
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Bauer was born in Graz Styria His breakthrough play was Magic Afternoon in 1967 in which he portrays four youths who interrupt their lazy and boring afternoon by unmotivated outbreaks of violence and aggression Magic Afternoon was adapted for the screen most recently by Catherine Jelski in 2000 as The Young Unknowns After two successes Change 1969 and Gespenster Ghosts 1973 Bauer