The old man and the bench / Urs Allemann ; translated by Patrick Greaney.
- Standardized Title:
- Alte Mann und die Bank. English
- First edition.
- Champaign : Dalkey Archive, 2015.
- Swiss literature series.
Swiss literature series
114 pages ; 18 cm.
- "The title character in The Old Man and the Bench has a contract that requires him to write, and he feels he should focus on his past. Yet instead of childhood reminiscences, the old man dwells on a series of mini-narratives about, for example, a love triangle among concrete towers, a chaste visit by two call girls, and the joint-by-joint cannibalization of his fingers. In the middle of these absurd tales, something like childhood memories appear, only to disappear into the stream of the old man's ramblings. Urs Allemann's virtuosic, lyrical monologue is at once playful and disturbing, recalling Dada, Kafka, and Beckett in its representation of what language can do when it turns against itself and its speaker."--Publisher description.
- A novel.
"Originally published in German as ... Der alte Mann und die Bank: Ein Fünfmonatsgequassel (Vienna: Deuticke, 1993)."--Title page verso.
- Greaney, Patrick, translator.
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