By Fosse, Jon; Searls, Damion
In her outdated residence by means of the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a imaginative and prescient of herself as she was once greater than two decades prior: status by means of the window anticipating her husband Asle, on that bad overdue November day while he took his rowboat out onto the water and not lower back. Her stories widen out to incorporate their complete lifestyles jointly, and past: the bonds of relatives and the battles with implacable nature stretching again over 5 generations, to Asle's great-great-grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's bright, hallucinatory prose, these types of moments in time inhabit a similar house, and the ghosts of the earlier collide with those that nonetheless continue to exist. "Aliss on the fireplace" is a visionary masterpiece, a haunting exploration of affection and loss that ranks one of the maximum meditations on marriage and human destiny
Read or Download Aliss at the fire PDF
Similar world literature books
An excellent new translation of a perennial favourite of Russian Literature
The first significant Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time used to be either lauded and reviled upon booklet. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a gorgeous and magnetic yet nihilistic younger military officer, bored through lifestyles and detached to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures within the Caucasus regarding brigands, smugglers, squaddies, opponents, and enthusiasts, this vintage story of alienation motivated Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov in Lermontov's personal century, and reveals its modern day opposite numbers in Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, the novels of Chuck Palahniuk, and the flicks and performs of Neil LaBute.
This learn investigates the functionality of the radio play asmedium of cultural reminiscence, in accordance with the stories of the holocaust present in the radio performs of the GDR. compared to the presentation of the holocaust in different media, which has already been explored quite a few occasions, the following for the 1st time the focal point is at the particular aesthetic technique of the radio play and the function of radio as political tool of strength within the FRG-GDR clash.
If philosophy has limits, what lies past them? One solution is literature. during this learn, instead of seeing literature as a resource of illustrations of philosophical topics, the writer considers either philosophy and literature as occasionally competing yet usually complementary methods of constructing feel of and conveying the nature of moral adventure.
Poetic Affairs offers with the complicated and engaging interface among literature and existence during the prism of the lives and works of 3 striking poets: the German-Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor, Paul Celan (1920–1970); the Leningrad local, U. S. poet laureate, and Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996); and Germany's optimal modern poet, Durs Grünbein (born 1962).
- The Military Uses of Literature: Fiction and the Armed Forces in the Soviet Union
- The Humble Story of Don Quixote: Reflections on the Birth of the Modern Novel
- The Ordeal of Stephen Dedalus: The Conflict of the Generations in James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
- Save the Last Dance for Me
- Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage
- Estrangement and the Somatics of Literature: Tolstoy, Shklovsky, Brecht (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)
Extra resources for Aliss at the fire
And then another. And Aliss stands there, moving the stick with the sheep head on it back and forth in the flames. That is Aliss. That’s Aliss at the fire, he thinks and he sees Aliss standing there with her thick black hair, on her short legs, with her narrow hips. It’s Aliss. She was my great-grandfather’s mother, Kristoffer’s mother, Kristoffer whose sons were Grandpa Olaf and Asle, the one I was named after, the one who drowned when he was only seven, who got a nice little boat for his seventh birthday and drowned on the same day, playing with the boat, down on the bay, he thinks and he sees Kristoffer toddle forward, and it happens so slowly, he puts one foot in front of the other, stands there for a minute, then he takes the next step, forward, swaying back and forth a little, but forward, and then Kristoffer is standing in front of a pile of sheep heads and he feels the mouth of one of the sheep heads with his finger and then he slowly sticks his finger into a nostril and then quickly pulls his hand back again and then he stands there and looks at the sheep head, he looks into one eye, and then puts his finger right on the eye, feels it and then jerks back his finger very fast and again Kristoffer stands there and looks into the eye and again he puts his finger right on the eye and he presses his finger against the eyelid and then he pulls it down over the eye.
Because he’s gone, he’s been gone for years, it’s been years since he disappeared, but it’s still as if he’s still here, she sees the hall door open, she sees him stand there in the doorway, she sees him walk into the room, hears him say what he’s said so many times before, that’s how it is and that’s how it will be even though he is gone forever, he is still always here, he is saying what he always said, he is walking the way he always walked, he is wearing the clothes he always wore, she thinks, and her, what about her?
She thinks and then she hears that Kristoffer is breathing evenly now and she sees Aliss stand up and go out the kitchen door and she looks at Kristoffer and then she puts her arms around him and then she hugs Kristoffer close and then she rubs and she rubs his back and then she lightly strokes his hair and then she again sees herself standing there in front of the window and looking out, and she has been standing there so long now, almost motionless, she has stood there in front of the window, she thinks and she thinks, standing there in front of the window, that now he really does have to come home soon, why doesn’t he come home?