Like the Palm of My Hand
When Hans Bender looks up from his writing-desk, his gaze falls upon the trees in his garden, reminding him that there is a world beyond his literary profession. For decades Bender has observed himself as "The Writer at Work", and his new book, published in the year of his 80th birthday, is an objective and, at times, ironic account of these observations. Bender, however, not only records the work of the writer but also the "Art of Living" as a whole, documenting daily events and fleeting thoughts as well as memories of and encounters with people, books and places. His notes on famous and less famous colleagues such as Elias Canetti and Manès Sperber often comprise precise miniature portraits. Hans Bender has composed the diary of a writer in which everyday commonplaces and literary lifelines are masterfully interwoven.