Herr Faustini and the Dog who is a Man at Heart
Herr Faustini, spiritual cousin to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, shows us things that few can see. Herr Faustini, fondly remembered as the charmingly clumsy hero of Herr Faustini verreist, travels again – this time to the world of the supernatural.
It all begins when Frau Gigele, his clairvoyant neighbour, passes along the concerns of his great-aunt Fini. From the beyond Fini advises him to have his intestines rinsed. Herr Faustini swings immediately into action, relieving himself in more ways than one. Now he even floats above the ground and can see things that others cannot. Thus he recognizes, in the eyes of Tobi, a dog he occasionally takes for a walk, a man telling him his story. An old unsettled debt has prompted him to retreat into the dog's body. Herr Faustini would like to help free him from this canine prison but plans are wrecked by a jealous tomcat. Meanwhile Brunhilde, in between working on her pet food conspiracy novel, addresses Faustini's needs for intimacy, and now and then a brimstone butterfly floats through the picture…
This is a cheerful fairy tale that turns the world and its inhabitants upside down, and a book for people who haven't yet lost their "sense of magical possibility".