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Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht: Erzählungen

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"First published under the original German title: Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht by Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2006"--T. p. verso.
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch GmbH & Co
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If the story reminds one of Kafka, it is “Kafkaesque”. If one is an ardent fan of Doctor Who, than one is a “Whovian”. If one of the short stories in this collection, “Maybe this Time, Maybe Now”, reminds one of Waiting for Godot, is it Godotian? In pathology, when faced with an entity that resembles a particular entity but which we don’t think actually is that entity, we add the suffix “-oid”. Hence, a cell which superficially resembles an epithelial cell but which we realize could actually be ...more
Marina Sofia
I read this collection of stories in one go, which was perhaps not such a great idea, as they are the kind to ration, read sparingly and linger over. The first-person male narrator often feels a bit sameish in each of these very short stories (especially when read in quick succession), but each story is subtly different and odd. Unsettling, dream-like (or should that be nightmare-like?), often compared to Kafka (but perhaps more Kafka of the diaries, when he talks about his dreams) or Eugene Ion ...more
I wonder how many writers have disappointed their readers because their publishers or some well-meaning reviewer has compared them to Kafka. He really is a hard act to follow. You can compare anyone you like to Thomas Bernhard because most people won’t know him. But Kafka? To be fair these stories do have “a Kafkaesque sense of alienation” but really it’s just a whiff of Kafka. There’s a whiff of Beckett here too in the story ‘Maybe This Time, Maybe Now’ which relocates Waiting for Godot to subu ...more
Nine excellent and rather unsettling short stories. Difficult to pin down; there are strong shades of Kafka here. The narrators are all men and very few people in the stories are named. The stories are about identity and its loss. They appear mundane and everyday, but there are very many layers of meaning.
In "Then a Door Opens and Swings Shut" a man is visiting an old schoolfriend when a woman motions him into her house. Inside the house there are hundreds of dolls in different shades of repair
From Peirene Press Maybe This Time is a collection of short stories by Austrian author Alois Hotschnig. It's a very mixed bag; I found some stories to be really clever and claustrophobic and others to be merely filler. Hotschnig conjures up imagery that will stay in your mind, but his characters' voices don't change that much; I was hoping he would showcase other narrative techniques. The Same Silence, the Same Noise and Then a Door Opens and Swings Shut are the standout stories in this collecti ...more
I found this a very unsettling collection of short stories. I mean that in a good way. Being unsettled is often the prelude to thinking about things in a new way, and to me that’s one of the most important functions of literature.

The stories are very varied in style and content, but many of them deal with the question of identity in one way or another. In the first story, The Same Silence, The Same Noise, a man becomes addicted to spying on his neighbours. Yet he does not really seem interested
Parrish Lantern
You are walking down a road, you take a turn, let’s say for examples sake, left, and carry on walking, gradually something, some feeling, starts to disturb your equilibrium, you let it go, and continue walking but this feeling starts to grip, it’s as if something saurian is using your spine as a percussion instrument, there’s an eight millimetre drill bit slowly boring into the back of your skull turn by turn. You spin round tracing your route back with your eyes glancing off every surface, trac ...more
Kathleen Jones
If you want to read a collection of stories that's quite different, this should fit the bill nicely. Peirene Press specialise in slim books, translated from a variety of European authors they think we should know more about. I've read a couple now and I'm hooked. It's so refreshing to get away from the cloned literature churned out by the American and UK mainstream publishers.

These stories are weird. Alois Hotschnig does disturbed states of mind really well and these stories will take you out of
Matt Lee Sharp
These stories grapple with the ideas of identity and loneliness. Every family seems to have a hole in it. Every child is stripped of wonder and made to see the world for a sad and repetitive place. The static things in the stories (a man whose identity changes, a couple lounging on their back porch, a woman's collection of dolls) were the most compelling. This was just a book with a big hole in the middle of it that everything slowly slips into. Some of the stories suffer because of it. The task ...more
A claustrophobic collection of short stories about voyeurism, identity, obsession and pincered beasts.
A book of very well-crafted, unsettling stories. Nothing is ever quite what it seems.
...but maybe not. Lots of clever writing but I just couldn't finish it.
Francis Drossaert
Fascinating slowly growing into indifference.
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