- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Xenos Books (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879378310
- ISBN-13: 978-1879378315
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,037,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fantastic Ordinary World of Lutz Rathenow: Poems, Plays & Stories
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"The thematics of strangeness and estrangement are highly developed..." -- Collages & Bricolages, 2002
...surprising and absurd twists are what make Rathenow's writings compelling to read.... -- Collages and Bricolage, 2002
Rathenow's poetry is tight, metamorphic, and powerfully surreptitious. -- Rain Taxi Review of Books
a successful representation of the normality of the bizarre and the absurdity of the banal. -- Glossen, vol. 14
From the Author
This book is a record of a bizarre, though perhaps archetypal, episode of the Cold War. During that era, I corresponded with dissident East German GDR poet Lutz Rathenow, whose work I translated and tried to publicize. I thought the purpose was to protect him, and he thought the purpose was to produce a blockbuster. He thought America was "Sell-sell-sell" (at least for writers), while I thought the GDR was "Struggle-struggle-struggle" (at least for dissidents). We cared deeply for one another, but, nonetheless, we constantly infuriated each other. Looking back, I find something endearing about our delusions. One scholar quoted Lutz as calling my afterword to the book, "The perhaps craziest biography " in a review. I am not certain just how this was meant, but I am going to take it as a compliment (-LOL-). Actually, we were not really so crazy as thousands of politicians, scholars, poets, secret agents and others. It was a pretty outrageous era. Boria Sax, Editor and Translator