Guesthouse at the Sign of the Teetering Globe, The

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‘Who is this Hieronymus anyway, for God's sake. And who are we? What do we have to do with each other?’

In 1917, the world appears to be tilting on its axis. Accustomed certainties are no more, alliances are forged and just as soon abandoned. In the first of seven thematically related stories, we meet reform-minded German eccentric Hieronymus Edelmann on a Spanish island, where he leads a crocodile around on a leash and lures his compatriots to a precarious guesthouse. His motives are opaque, but one of his schemes is a correspondence association which appears to be an analogue chat room. Elsewhere we find the ‘polished little man’ who moves in truly mysterious ways and may in fact be a group delusion; a séance that turns into an illicit affair across dimensions; and a band of travellers overawed by the occult power of their luxury luggage – consumers possessed by their possessions. The surreal scenarios of The Guesthouse at the Sign of the Teetering Globeremain vivid and unsettling a century later. With dry humour and a profound sense of the uncanny, ‘bohemian countess’ Franziska zu Reventlow diagnoses a world in feverish transition. This is the first book by Reventlow to appear in English, in an edition that also features three short stories by the author and an extensive afterword.

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Weight 0.160000
ISBN13/Barcode 9783947325009
ISBN10 3947325002
Author Franziska zu Reventlow (AUTHOR) James Books by Subject/Social Sciences & Society. Conway (Translator)
Binding Paperback
Date Published 6th November 2017
Pages 142
Publisher Rixdorf Editions