The King, the Court Jester and the People

The King, the Court Jester and the People

Andrea Winkler

Lina Lorbeer celebrates her enrolment at the Institute for the Study and Research of Thought and Comprehension. She’s sitting in the auditorium where Professor Icks and Frau Professor Stein are instructing their students on everything that students who are being educated on the methodology of thought and comprehension might need to know. »For starters«, says Professor Icks, »you need to decide whether you want to play the role of king, court jester or the people – but beyond that, you need to know who your friends are and to whom they are close.«

Lina is all ears, amazed at the things she’s being taught here. She often lingers in the auditorium after lectures with Justin and Flora, pondering on the subject matter and drawing her own conclusions from the words of the lecture.
In thirteen chapters presented as short scenes and captured in beautifully deft and buoyant imagery, Andrea Winkler tells the story of one of our greatest desires by examining Lina’s longing to fine-tune her perception to even greater levels of acumen. But the institute seems to have a different agenda; the lecturers’ words are riddled with contradictions, filled with doubt and anxiety to the point where it seems they have no idea what they’re saying.

»Andrea Winkler writes breathtakingly musical prose that transports us to a distant realm yet simultaneously
resonates within us at a profound level, bringing us closer to our innermost selves.« ORF

The King, the Court Jester and the People


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