Botho Strauß: Lights of the Fool. Diederichs Verlag (Hardcover, 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100)

Lights of the Fool

The idiot and his age

Original Title: Lichter des Toren

Hardcover, linen, 176 pages, 12.5 x 18.7 cm, 4.9 x 7.4 in.
ISBN: 978-3-424-35088-3
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Diederichs

Date of publication: August 21, 2013
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Rights sold to: China (SSAP)

Botho  Strauß - Lights of the Fool


A groundbreaking essay by a great intellectual

20 years after his controversial essay on The Swelling Song of Pan, Botho Strauß has again picked up its radical criticism of the zeitgeist. Lights of the Fool focuses on the questions of whether an existence that has been made to adapt and knows everything can again gain ground and return to the centre and, secondly, what can contain abundance?

"The best that can be done is to live in the breath, in the revolution, in the steady flux of one's works. Again and again to assess their heights, to get drunk on the effect of rushing to the summit. Anything else is grotty booze, made up of a mixture of cheap sham and realities that are as non-committal as they are improbable. Something that can confidently be left to the homeless of a global world, the vagrants of the webs." Botho Strauß in Lights of the Fool

"The book is rich in good, cogent sentences. And just as rich in secrets, not in those that are heavily German in the internationally notorious sense of the word, but in light and feathery ones. … More than responses to Walter Benjamin: the reflections and vignettes of Botho Strauß are filled with truths and secrets."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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