Reviving Dead Corners
"Genazino's novels search for poetry along the back roads of Frankfurt. There, in places where nobody else looks, they find small treasures and hidden works of art", said Helmut Böttiger in his speech of honour for the 2004 Büchner Award winner. Eighteen months later, Wilhelm Genazino gives the famous Poetry Lectures at Frankfurt University, using them for a tentative self-description and self-investigation. Photographs, pieces of clothing, drawers and boxes, even his own novels are instrumental in the author's exploration of detail: Genazino, the great narrator, becomes the narrator of writing itself – as he takes his readers on an adventure.