The Dangers of the Great Plain
A packet soups rep whose life has taken a turn for the worse has put up in a run-down hotel. He drinks a lot and looks out of his window at the street with its shop windows and passers-by. Memories and fantasies alternate with wild adventures which he literally tumbles into: cold spells, insect infestations, the abrupt slipping away of a civilisation. Then again he finds himself at the mercy of the charms of women who in the course of his work await him wrapped in towels or wearing bathrobes which suddenly part. At his side is Nobo, a character full of dubious ideas and intentions but whom the narrator has probably just thought up as a stooge. They find themselves on the road in a world without certainty, as long at least as they don’t remain in their own four walls.
Kai U. Jürgens, born in 1966, studied Literature and did his doctorate on Ror Wolf in 1999. He works for publishing houses, daily newspapers and broadcasting corporations. Furthermore, he is one of the operators of the Ror Wolf homepage www.wirklichkeitsfabrik.de.
Kai U. Jürgens lives in Kiel.
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»Seldom in German literature has the seemingly solid ground of traditional narrative been so tenderly, earthshakingly shattered.«
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»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.«