Walaschek's Dream

Walaschek's Dream

by Giovanni Orelli
     
 

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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

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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.

Dalkey Archive Press

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“One of Switzerland’s most important Italian-language authors . . . Walaschek’s Dream bears a complex and perplexing structure, taking as its point of departure the emotions born from contemplating a Klee painting at a museum in Bern . . .”
Le Temps
Transforming Switzerland into a playground . . . Walaschek’s Dream uses a painting by Klee as the foundation of [a] game of life and death: the fates, separate and yet intertwined, of Servette soccer player Eugene Walaschek and the painter Paul Klee unraveling as a result of war . . . are the men doomed, asks the writer at the end of this staggeringly virtuosic narrative, or can they hope to triumph by way of the work of the artist-creator?— Isabelle Martin
Isabelle Martin - Le Temps
“Transforming Switzerland into a playground . . . Walaschek’s Dream uses a painting by Klee as the foundation of [a] game of life and death: the fates, separate and yet intertwined, of Servette soccer player Eugene Walaschek and the painter Paul Klee unraveling as a result of war . . . are the men doomed, asks the writer at the end of this staggeringly virtuosic narrative, or can they hope to triumph by way of the work of the artist-creator?”

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ISBN-13:
9781564787569
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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