The Feast of Stones or The Treasure Chamber of Eccentricity
- date of publication: 08.08.2005
- 656 Pages
- ISBN 978-3-552-05349-6
- Deutschland: 24,90 €
- Österreich: 25,60 €
A family saga, a picaresque novel, and a piece of world literature from Austria. Franzobel's wonderful cabinet of curios presents a century gone awry.
Oswald Wuthenau is a rogue and a conman, a modern Mephisto, and also a desperate man who isn't at home anywhere. This man, half Orson Welles, half Oliver Hardy, hits South America in the mid-fifties like a force of nature. He meets Nazis who have fled Europe. He finds himself in an ecstatic orgy which ends with a stoning. He marries, builds Argentina's first nuclear reactor, is awarded East Germany's Brecht Medal and turns Vienna upside down. His son is kidnapped twice and he ends up discovering the terrible truth of his parentage.
Franzobel's new novel is a powerful, modern family saga, studded with grotesquely comic stories and carried by his boundless delight in story-telling. Captivated, we follow the trail of destruction left by Wuthenau's outrageous and yet also appealing way of life. Almost incidentally, the picaresque novel becomes a piece of Austrian world literature, in which the whole of the twentieth century is revealed.
"Franzobel's world is contemporary in its oddity, up to date with contemporary history, and probably even ahead of its time in regard to crowd psychology." (Franz Haas, Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
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