Close and from a Distance

Close and from a Distance

Karl-Markus Gauß

VON NAH, VON FERN is an unusual chronicle of the year 2002 and a European cultural history covering the legendary social rebels of the early industrial age as well as the anonymous white-collar workers of the present. In his "chamber of literary surprises" (NZZ), Karl-Markus Gauß combines writers' portraits and historical anecdotes, political polemics and philosophical wit. Whether it is the American "Foundation for Friendliness" blessing people with philanthropic attacks or a "Ministry of Catastrophes" that works efficiently in an East European state; transatlantic thunderstorms or a Croatian river that suddenly changes direction; the mythical figure of his own grandfather or an ancient Nobel prize winner who cannot retrieve his books from the Salzburg customs office – never before has Gauß spread the richness of his themes so fluently or experimented with such a range of genres and styles as he does in this highly topical book.

Close and from a Distance

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