Man in the Holocene

Man in the Holocene

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A stunning tour de force, Man in the Holocene constructs a powerful vision of our place in the world by combining the banality of an aging man s lonely inner life and the objective facts he finds in the books of his isolated home. As a rainstorm rages outside, Max Frisch s protagonist, Geiser, watches the mountain landscape crumble beneath landslides and flooding, and speculates that the town will be wiped out by the collapse of a section of the mountain. Seeking refuge from the storm in town, he makes his way through a difficult and dangerous mountain pass, only to abandon his original plan and return home. A compelling meditation by one of Frisch s most original characters, Man in the Holocene charts Geiser s desperate attempt to find his place in history and in the confusing and fragile world outside his window."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 113 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1564784665
  • 9781564784667
  • 214,459

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Frisch is a great, and even an inspiring, writer, because he gives us the unique sense that the act of analysis is a passionate act, impelled by our fear of the world's dissolution and our knowledge of our own fragility.
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