Abbildung: Herzog

Umschlagsillustrationen von Jesse Reichek.

Artikelnummer:
182114

Erschienen:
2013

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Considered one of the greatest literary expressions of postwar America, this is a masterpiece by one of America’s finest novelists. Herzog traces five days in the expansive, troubled mind of a failing academic, cuckolded by his best friend and usurped as a father.

Eventually retreating to his abandoned home in rural Massachusetts, Moses Herzog commits himself to solitude and sets out to understand the energies and influences – within him and without – that have shaped his life. In a series of letters, he addresses the women on whom much of his identity has depended – his mistresses, his dead mother and his ex-wife, the beautiful, cruel Madeleine. He writes to President Eisenhower and the philosophers Nietzsche and Hegel. He jots, even, a few lines to God. Herzog’s missives – never sent – are at once manic and inspired, poignant and darkly comical. ”I go after reality with language,” he says.

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