At the Bottom, on Tiptoes
"Strauß stubbornly insists that the world was intended to be a better place than it has long been; that even if it no longer deserves better, it should at least have known something better along the way." (Hubert Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
The spirit of the age is monitored in this book of reflections and meditations on the state of things, including the loss of man's ability to feel and the prevalence of numbness. " Now that man and the world have told each other all there is", now that technological and informational knowledge perceives human beings as "pharmaceutical or neurochemical factories", it is more than ever necessary to pause and reconsider events that resist analysis. Those who look only forward will neither see nor understand the losses and sacrifices on all sides; nor will the extent of the the current malaise be comprehended by those who look only behind them. Strauß's credo: we must learn to see more painfully and clearly. He does not speak as a careless diagnostician of decline but deeply believes that we must reinvent our ability to remember.
"Botho Strauß is and remains the great contemporary among German writers of the present. With apparent effortlesness, his seismographic prose captures the turbulences of today and the tremors of future events." - Voker Hage, Der Spiegel