News From the Inhabited World
Edited by Kai U. Jürgens
528pp (121,000 words)
I shall perhaps tell you something of the rain, I shall invent a huge rainfall, a rain that flows down thick and black from above, or I shall tell of the snow I invent, I shall invent a monstrous snowfall, I shall invent a house which slowly disappears in the mounting snow, or I shall invent a quite different story, one day, on a Thursday, in December. - Stories about being at a loss for words in the Alps and at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, about conditions in Schlitz and the power of song in Nevada, about the laughter of sailors and the temporary abolition of difficulties.- In short: Stories about meteorological confusions, circumstances of lack of air, tight gloves and a schnitzel eaten in peace and quiet. But that was nothing compared to what happened later. (Ror Wolf)
The collection contains NACHRICHTEN AUS DER BEWOHNTEN WELT (1991) as well as the expanded edition of ZWEI ODER DREI JAHRE SPÄTER (2003/2007).
Kai U. Jürgens, born 1966, studied literature and in 1999 completed his doctoral thesis on Ror Wolf. He has since written on contemporary themes in literature, film, art and music and works for publishing houses, daily newspapers and radio stations. He has a wide-ranging commitment to the work of Ror Wolf and is one of the initiators of the website www.wirklichkeitsfabrik.de. He lives in Kiel.
The Collected Works of Ror Wolf. The New Edition for the New Century
The annotated edition of Ror Wolf not only brings together all previously published books by Ror Wolf, but also work which appeared in out-of-the-way places or was not printed at all. It includes early drafts as well as manuscript versions and for the first time makes accessible a broad selection of essays, reviews, speeches and correspondence. An afterword by the editor describes the genesis and reception of the individual works.
»Ror Wolf’s uplifting and rhythmic prose is discontinuous, fantastic and breathtakingly musical. Cinematic almost, his love for jazz, film and slapstick, for Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy is always palpable.«
»Wolf’s texts are impeccably unacademic. There is no hidden philosophy, no professional wordplay, no scholarly wink with the eye. His experiences do not derive from a literary life, but from his findings in a literature of our everyday life, without longing glances on so-called sensuous full narratives.«
»In his prose, his poetry and his word and sound collages Ror Wolf inimitably combines linguistic artistry and grotesque comedy with a terse and compassionate perception of reality and its fundamental constants, fear and hope, pleasure and decay. He is a master of the cryptic and utopian play with the primal matter of poetry.«
Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, Jury statement
»Pure joy. (...) There’s no explanation yet as to why this mixture of ›excitement and scare, lust for realism, importance and concision‹, of eloquence, humour and horror moves and exhilarates readers like it does, what makes for its strong pull. An enigmatic work, yet suitbale for daily use.«
Frankfurter Rundschau (launch of the Collected Works)
»In over forty years, Ror Wolf has created an opus that is singular in its powerful visual intricateness, its wild, chilly humour, and its magical simulation of reality. He is a classic of postmodern literature, he has been for quite a while.«
»500 pages with short prose of finest absurdity.«