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Awakening to the Great Sleep War

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
One of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation: Gert Jonke’s 1982 novel, Awakening to the Great Sleep War, is an expedition through a world in constant nervous motion, where reality is rapidly fraying—flags refuse to stick to their poles, lids sidle off of their pots, tram tracks shake their stops away like fleas, and books ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1982)
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Oct 25, 2013 Jonathan rated it really liked it
"Some days the buildings pull in their protruding bay window stomachs and bashfully fold back their elegantly pointed balcony breasts, as if obeying an order to stand at attention with their mortar smoothed flat and their walls erect, because the municipal authorities, that is, their superiors, the towers, have come to make a report. They have put on their clockwork cupolas and are wearing the marshal’s baton tips of their weathercockscomb teeth on the bell chambers.

Some days the streetcar track
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Jul 09, 2013 Aaron (Typographical Era) rated it liked it
Shelves: 1982, nook
From the very first page, Gert Jonke’s Awakening to the Great Sleep War boldly announces that it will defy definition as a standard piece of easy digestible fiction by introducing its protagonist as a man who converses with telamones, atlantes, and caryatids and tries rather unsuccessfully to persuade them to appear for dinner at his apartment. Conversation and invitation in of itself isn’t all that strange. Conversation with supposedly inanimate objects like stone support columns and marble sta ...more
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Apr 02, 2015 Brigitte EVHS Dang rated it really liked it
This book is whimsical yet melancholy narrative that details the life of man named Burgmuller, stuck between the his own temporary world and a more permanent world of anthropomorphic beings. Jonke's writing is anything but straightforward and his narrative description seemed a bit verbose at times. The novel did make me consider just how much is missed when one closes his or her eyes.
Nov 10, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
Didn't do a whole lot for me right now. I had trouble following it. I may just need to revisit it sometime later.
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Gert Jonke was an Austrian poet and playwright.
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