The Whole of Life (Paperback)

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""I can assure you that no movie will ever achieve the speed of prose. Human beings just haven't realized that yet.""--J?rg Laederach. With tongue resolutely in cheek, saxophonist, critic, poet, and one-time enfant terrible of Swiss literature J?rg Laederach here pursues the ambition of forcing all of human existence into a single novel. "The Whole of Life" tells the story of a man, Robert "Bob" Hecht, in three sections: "Job," about work and looking for work; "Wife," about sex during a bout of impotence; and "Totems and Taboos," in which Bob himself ruminates on the limitlessness of human limitation. In "Life," space is compressed to the suffocating dimensions of a single mind, while single moments are expanded cubistically into entire landscapes. Bodies are vivisected and reassembled, and language is invaded, exploded, and reassembled. "The Whole of Life" sees Laederach composing a novel by taking it apart as he goes.

About the Author


Jurg Laederach was born in 1945 in Basel, where he still lives and works as a freelance writer and translator. He studied mathematics in Zurich, as well as Romance studies, English, and musicology in Basel. He has received a number of prizes and distinctions and is a corresponding member of the German Academy for Language and Literature. He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 1997 and the Italo Svevo Award in 2005.

Jurg Laederach was born in 1945 in Basel, where he still lives and works as a freelance writer and translator. He studied mathematics in Zurich, as well as Romance studies, English, and musicology in Basel. He has received a number of prizes and distinctions and is a corresponding member of the German Academy for Language and Literature. He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 1997 and the Italo Svevo Award in 2005.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564789075
ISBN-10: 1564789071
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2014
Pages: 280
Language: English