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Walaschek's Dream [Hardcover]

Giovanni Orelli

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May 22 2012

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.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (May 22 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564787222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564787224
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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