One night, German philosopher Hans Blumenberg returns to his study to find a shocking sight—a lion lying on the floor as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. The lion stretches comfortably on the Turkmen rug, eyes resting on Blumenberg. The philosopher with some effort retains his composure, even when the next day during his lecture the lion makes another appearance, ambling slowly down the center aisle. Blumenberg glances around; the seats are full, but none of his students seem to see the lion. What is going on here?Blumenberg is the captivating and witty fictional tale of this likable philosopher and the handful of students who come under the spell of the supernatural lion—including skinny Gerhard Optatus Baur, a promising young Blumenbergian, and the delicate, haughty Isa, who falls head over heels in love with the wrong man. Written by Sibylle Lewitscharoff, whom Die Welt called the “most dazzling stylist of contemporary German literature,” Blumenberg will delight English readers.
About the Author
Sibylle Lewitscharoff is a writer who lives in Berlin. She is the author of Apostoloff, also published by Seagull Books. Wieland Hoban writes regularly for Muzik and Ästhetik and Fragmen, and the book series New Music & Aesthetics in the 21st Century. He has translated several works from German, including those by Theodor W. Adorno and Alexander Kluge.
Table of Contents
Le lion ICoca-cola Le lion IIOptatus DimancheSouci universelN 255431800Bref intermede ou l'on s'interroge sur l'omniscience du narrateurL'EgypteL'ange annonce se revele douteux HeilbronnLe lion IIIHansi Le lion IVNouvel intermede ou le narrateur avance le temps d'un an RichardRencontre nocturne ManausAddenda Le lion VA l'interieur de la caverneRemerciements