Science Fiktion

Author:   Franz Fuhmann ,  Andrew B B Hamilton ,  Claire Van Den Broek
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
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9780857426017


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   10 June 2019
Format:   Hardback
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When a young reader once asked Franz Fuhmann if he considered his work to be science fiction, he was quick to deny it: he wanted nothing to do with the genre. As he began writing the stories that make up this volume, however, he found himself coming around to the idea of a hybrid genre-what he calls in German Saians-Fiktschen, `science fiktion' with a k. In seven interlocking stories, Science Fiktion offers a steampunk takedown of the logic of the Cold War. In this imagined future, two nations compete for global dominance: Uniterr, an exaggeration of the Eastern Bloc, in which personal freedom is curtailed and life regulated with cartoonish strictness; and Libroterr, in which the decadence of the West has been pushed beyond all reason. The stories follow three young citizens of Uniterr: Jirro, a young neutrinologist whose life is forever changed by a year spent abroad in Libroterr; Janno, a causologist condemned to a life of mediocrity in Uniterr's bureacracy for the briefest of impure thoughts; and Pavlo, an inventor and a drunkard, whose mind pushes against the limits of what his world allows. Through these three lives, Fuhmann gradually unfolds the contours of their bizarre world in a master class of understated world making. As the reader is swept up in the madness of Libroterr's predator ads (which grab you on the street) and Uniterr's mandatory mind readings, Fuhmann's dark comedy from the last century comes to seem all the more prescient in ours. A German twist on an Anglophone tradition, Science Fiktion provides a disturbing vision of the future from the other side of the Berlin Wall.

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Author:   Franz Fuhmann ,  Andrew B B Hamilton ,  Claire Van Den Broek
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
Imprint:   Seagull Books London Ltd
ISBN:  

9780857426017


ISBN 10:   085742601
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   10 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
This item is yet to be released. You can pre-order this item and we will dispatch it to you upon its release.

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Franz F hmann (1922-84) is one of modern Germany's most fascinating literary figures, and the author of dozens of novels, short stories, essays, poems, ballets, and children's books. Andrew B. B. Hamilton is visiting assistant professor of German at Bowdoin College and author of several works on modern German and Austrian literature. Claire Y. van den Broek is adjunct professor of literature at Southern New Hampshire University. Her previous translations include the work of Moroccan-Dutch authors Hafid Bouazza and Abdelkader Benali.

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