Translated by Wieland Hoban
5 x 8 inches, 224 pp. December 2016
ISBN : 9780857423696
Rs 525.00 (HB)
One night, German philosopher Hans Blumenberg returns to his study to find a shocking sight—a lion lying on the floor as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. The lion stretches comfortably on the Turkmen rug, eyes resting on Blumenberg. The philosopher retains his composure with some effort, even when the next day during his lecture the lion makes another appearance, ambling slowly down the centre aisle. Blumenberg glances around—the seats are full, but none of his students seem to see the lion. What is going on here?
Blumenberg is the captivating and witty fictional tale of this likeable philosopher and the handful of students who come under the spell of the supernatural lion—including skinny Gerhard Optatus Baur, a promising young Blumenbergian, and the delicate, haughty Isa, who falls head over heels in love with the wrong man. Written by Sibylle Lewitscharoff, whom Die Welt called the ‘most dazzling stylist of contemporary German literature’, Blumenberg will delight English readers.
Sibylle Lewitscharoff has won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her debut novel Pong in 1998. A member of the German Academy of Language and Literature and the Berlin Academy of Arts, her most recent novel Blumenberg was awarded the Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize in 2011 and shortlisted for the German Book Prize. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Georg Büchner Prize.
Wieland Hoban is a British composer who lives in Germany. He has translated several works from German, including many by Theodor W. Adorno.