Sunday, September 1, 2019

“What next?”

A young man prepares for a journey:

Adalbert Stifter, The Bachelors. 1850. Trans. from the German by David Bryer (London: Pushkin Press, 2008).

That dog is just one of the elements in this strange short novel that remind me of a silent movie. Moving from village life to a monastery on a remote island, The Bachelors is a Bildungsroman, a celebration of sublime nature, a story full of sentimentality and eerie melodrama. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like it. Out of print and highly recommended.

comments: 2

Fresca said...

Hey! That fits me---moving this weekend!

Now what, indeed!

Michael Leddy said...

I was thinking about that. Lots of people on the move this weekend.