Short Stories

Short Stories

Albert Drach

Albert Drach took the unattainable and the unspeakable horrors of our world as his narrative constant; the reader’s enjoyment is considerably heightened by the fact that his work is permeated with irony and maintains an unswerving detachment.

»I had seen enough death to put me off dying for life,« Drach writes in the autobiographical narrative Lunz. As a five-year-old he witnessed a disfigured corpse being recovered from the waters of a lake. Only heroes and artists are immortal, his father once told him, and so the child decides to become a writer, relying on his literary skill to keep death at bay.

This skill is readily apparent in the short stories collected in this volume, which are divided into three categories according to content: IA is a bizarre and grotesque apocalyptic scenario, UND describes a judge who leaves a trail of blood and destruction in his wake, and NEIN is the story of a futile search for identity. All three cases are variations on the same theme – the unremitting hopelessness and horror of the human condition.

In the three texts "Vom Stift zum Gimpel, aber nicht wieder zurück", "Lullo und Lulla" and "Wegfall winziger Liebe" Drach tells of the peculiar fate of domesticated wild birds, examines the phenomenon of chance, investigates the fatal difference between reality and appearances and laments the impossibility of the impossible.

Short Stories

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