04-02-18

Alfred Andersch, Grigore Vieru, E. J. Pratt, Georg Brandes, Jacques Prévert, Jean Richepin, Carl Michael Bellman

 

De Duitse schrijver Alfred Andersch werd geboren op 4 februari 1914 in München. Zie ook alle tags voor Alfred Andersch op dit blog.

Uit: Sansibar oder der letzte Grund

„Der Mississippi wäre das Richtige, dachte der Junge, auf dem Mississippi konnte man einfach ein Kanu klauen und wegfahren, wenn es stimmte, was im Huckleberry Finn stand. Auf der Ostsee würde man mit einem Kanu nicht sehr weit kommen, ganz abgesehen davon, daß es an der Ostsee nicht mal schnelle wendige Kanus gab, sondern nur so olle schwere Ruderboote. Er sah vom Buch auf, unter der Treenebrücke floß das Wasser still und langsam durch; die Weide, unter der er saß, hing ins Wasser rein, und gegenüber, in der alten Gerberei, regte sich, wie immer, nichts. Der Mississippi wäre besser als die Speicher in der alten, verlassenen Gerberei und die Weide am langsamen Fluß. Auf dem Mississippi wäre man weg, während man sich auf den Speichern in der Gerberei und unter der Weide nur verstecken konnte. Unter der Weide auch nur, solange sie Blätter hatte, und die hatten schon mächtig begonnen abzufallen und trieben gelb auf dem braunen Wasser davon. Verstecken war übrigens nicht das Richtige, dachte der Junge – man mußte weg sein.
Man mußte weg sein, aber man mußte irgendwohin kommen. Man durfte es nicht so machen wie Vater, der weg gewollt hatte, aber immer nur ziellos auf die offene See hinausgefahren war. Wenn man kein anderes Ziel hatte als die offene See, so mußte man immer wieder zurückkehren. Erst dann ist man weg, dachte der Junge, wenn man hinter der offenen See Land erreicht."

 

 
Alfred Andersch (4 februari 1914 – 21 februari 1980)
Scene uit de gelijknamige film uit 1987

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04-02-17

Alfred Andersch, Grigore Vieru, E. J. Pratt, Georg Brandes, Jacques Prévert, Jean Richepin, Carl Michael Bellman

 

De Duitse schrijver Alfred Andersch werd geboren op 4 februari 1914 in München. Zie ook alle tags voor Alfred Andersch op dit blog.

Uit:Der Vater eines Mörders

“Nur bei dem Zusammenstoß mit Konrad Greiff ist er aus den Pantinen gekippt, dachte Franz. Wenn sie in den Pausen oder auf dem Schulweg über Kandlbinders Vorsicht sprachen, was nicht häufig vorkam, denn dieser Lehrer nötigte ihnen wenig Interesse ab, gab es immer einen, der achselzuckend bemerkte: »Der will sich bloß aus allem raushalten.«
Der Rex hatte sich der Klasse zugewendet, er trug eine Brille mit dünnem Goldrand, hinter der blaue Augen scharf beobachteten, das Gold und das Blau ergaben zusammen etwas Funkelndes, Lebendiges und jetzt ins Gütige Gewandtes, anscheinend herzlich Geneigtes in einem hell geröteten Gesicht unter glatten weißen Haaren, aber Franz hatte sofort den Eindruck, daß der Rex, obwohl er sich ein wohlwollendes Aussehen geben konnte, nicht harmlos war; seiner Freundlichkeit war bestimmt nicht zu trauen, nicht einmal jetzt, als er, jovial und wohlbeleibt, auf die in drei Doppelreihen vor ihm sitzenden Schüler blickte.
»So, so«, sagte er, »das ist also meine Untertertia B! Ich freue mich, euch zu sehen.«
Er ist wirklich ein Rex, dachte Franz, nicht bloß ein Mann, dessen Titel man im Wittelsbacher Gymnasium auf dieses Wort abgekürzt hatte. Auch in den anderen Münchner Gymnasien wurden die Oberstudiendirektoren Rexe genannt, aber Franz glaubte nicht, daß die meisten von ihnen wie Könige aussahen. Der da schon. Hellgrau und weiß – über dem Hemd lag, tadellos, eine glänzend blaue Krawatte –, mit diesem an den Ecken abgerundeten Visier aus Gold und Blau im Gesicht, stand er vor dem Hintergrund der großen Schultafel, und weder Kandlbinder noch die Schüler schienen Anstoß daran zu nehmen, daß er die Klasse mit dem besitzanzeigenden Fürwort bedachte. Bin ich der Einzige, fragte Franz sich, dem es auffällt, daß er uns so anredet, als gehörten wir ihm?"

 

 
Alfred Andersch (4 februari 1914 – 21 februari 1980)
Scene uit de gelijknamige Duitse film uit 1985 

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04-02-15

Robert Coover, Stewart O'Nan, Werner Schwab, Norman Ohler, Alfred Andersch, Grigore Vieru, Louis Ferron, E. J. Pratt

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Robert Coover werd geboren op 4 februari 1932 in Charles City, Iowa. Zie ook alle tags voor Robert Coover op dit blog.

Uit: Noir

« You consider your fate. It has a flophouse look about it. You take the folded handkerchief out of your lapel pocket and blow your nose in it. Fuck it, you think. You're getting too old for this shit. Back to the office. The sofa. A friendly bottle to suck. Sanctuary. You step out, step back again. Police car. Rolling through the watery street, light wheeling. But in dead silence. As if floating an inch or two above the puddles. No, that's right, can't go back to the office. Blue will have it staked out. What's that sonuvabitch up to anyway? Did he invent a body and send you off chasing phantoms, just to land you in trouble? Probably. But then what really happened to the widow? Or her remains? You wish you could talk to her again. She was afraid, seemed drawn to you. You were so slow to apprehend. Yet any move you made got you nowhere. And what does all of this have to do with Mr. Big?
(…)

You are moving through pools of wet yellow light, surrounded by a velvety darkness as soft as black silk stockings, and it is not the light but the obscurity that is most alluring. The mystery of it. The streets are deserted and, as you turn into them, kissed by the drifting fog, they open up before you, the buildings seem to lean toward you. Stuttery neon signs wink at you overhead. Behind a steel chainlink fence in an empty playground, a child's swing creaks teasingly. Somewhere there's a melancholic sigh of escaping steam. It's beautiful to be walking down these lush wicked streets with the widow at your side, ...”

 

 
Robert Coover (Charles City, 4 februari 1932)

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04-02-14

Stewart O'Nan, Louis Ferron, Robert Coover, Werner Schwab, E. J. Pratt, Norman Ohler, Alfred Andersch, Grigore Vieru

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Stewart O'Nan werd geboren op 4 februari 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zie ook alle tags voor Stewart O’Nan op dit blog.

Uit: The Odds: A Love Story

“The final weekend of their marriage, hounded by insolvency, indecision, and, stupidly, half secretly, in the never-distant past ruled by memory, infidelity, Art and Marion Fowler fled the country. North, to Canada. "Like the slaves," Marion told her sister Celia. They would spend their last days and nights as man and wife as they'd spent the first, nearly thirty years ago, in Niagara Falls, as if, across the border, by that fabled and overwrought cauldron of new beginnings, away from any domestic, everyday claims, they might find each other again. Or at least Art hoped so. Marion was just hoping to endure it with some grace and get back home so she could start dealing with the paperwork required to become, for the first time in her life, a single-filing taxpayer.
They told their daughter Emma they were taking a second honeymoon.
"Plus they're doing another open house here, so ... " Marion, on the other line, qualified.
They weren't good liars, they were just afraid of the truth and what it might say about them. They were middle-class, prey to the tyranny of appearances and what they could afford, or dare, which was part of their problem. They were too settled and practical for what they were doing, uncomfortable with desperate measures. They could barely discuss the plan between themselves, as if, exposed to light and air, it might evaporate.
With Jeremy, it was enough to say they wanted to see the new casino, a Frank Gehry knockoff featured on the covers of Sunday travel sections and in-flight magazines. He was impressed with the rate they'd gotten. Art had dug around online to find a bargain.
"Your father the high roller," Marion joked.
The Valentine's Getaway Special, it was called: $249, inclusive of meals and a stake of fifty Lucky Bucks toward table games.”

 

 
Stewart O'Nan (Pittsburgh, 4 februari 1961)

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04-02-13

Stewart O'Nan, Louis Ferron, Robert Coover, Werner Schwab, E. J. Pratt, Norman Ohler, Alfred Andersch

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Stewart O'Nan werd geboren op 4 februari 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zie ook alle tags voor Stewart O’Nan op dit blog.

 

Uit: Songs for the Missing

 

“Inside, the a/c was cranked so high she wore a t-shirt under her uniform. They poached old nametags they found in the junk drawer under the register. She was Angie, Nina was Sam. They spun on their stools and watched the monitors, punching in the pump numbers and making change. They read heavy, insane fashion magazines and called around to see what was going on later — even though they were on camera too — and fought over whose turn it was to refill the nacho pot. Her timecard was in its slot, the clock behind it chunking with every minute, a record of her steadiness. She’d been working seven days a week since graduation and hadn’t missed a shift. Later the police would call this strict pattern a contributing factor. Secretly she was proud of it. She’d never been so determined. She’d never had a reason before.

The Conoco was an oasis of light, drawing cars off the highway like the muffleheads that fluttered against the windows. Drivers came in squinting and rubbing their necks, stopping on the mat inside the door as if this was all new to them, and too much, the bright aisles of candies and chips overloading their brains so they couldn’t read the sign directly in front of them.

They bkinked at her, apologetic. “Where are the–?”

“Straight back.”

Fifty, a hundred times a night. She pointed her whole arm like a ghost.

“It’s true,” Nina said. “The more you drive, the dumber you get.”

“Thank you, thank you, Sam I am.”

The living death had bad breath. They bought coffee and soda and water, cigarettes and gum, Tootsie Pops and jerky, anything to get them to the next stop. In line they nodded their heads and mouthed the lyrics to the dinosaur pop that played endlessly inside and out, a fiendish commercial-free satellite feed pieced together, it seemed, by U2 and the Doobie Brothers.”

 

 

Stewart O'Nan (Pittsburgh, 4 februari 1961)

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04-02-12

Stewart O'Nan, Louis Ferron, Robert Coover, Werner Schwab, E. J. Pratt, Norman Ohler

 

In verband met een langdurige internetstoring vandaag geen nieuw bericht. Zie voor onderstaande schrijvers ook mijn blog van 4 februari 2011.

 

 

Stewart O'Nan, Louis Ferron, Robert Coover, Werner Schwab, E. J. Pratt, Norman Ohler,

Grigore Vieru, Georg Brandes, Alfred Andersch,
Jacques Prévert,Jean Richepin, Carl Michael Bellman

04-02-11

Stewart O'Nan, Louis Ferron, Robert Coover, Werner Schwab, E. J. Pratt, Norman Ohler

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Stewart O'Nan werd geboren op 4 februari 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zie ook mijn blog van 4 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 4 februari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 4 februari 2009 en ook mijn blog van 4 februari 2010.

 

Uit: The speed queen

 

"I love you," he said, still gasping. He didn't even say my name.

And what was I supposed to say? That I felt sick, that I wished I hadn't let him?

I said it back.

"Are you okay?" he said.

I knew there would be blood but not so much. I wiped my thighs with the blanket and folded it over.

"I'm okay," I said. "I just need to clean up."

"I've got Kleenex," he said, and reached through the back window of the cab and handed me the box. He knelt there staring at me.

"Watch the movie," I said.

I stuffed some up there, but I still felt sick, so I put on my top and my old underwear and my shorts and found my clogs. Monty wouldn't leave me alone. "I'm okay," I kept telling him. "I just need to use the bathroom." He wanted to come with me, but I finally shouted at him, and he let me go.

I jumped down from the tailgate and almost fell. My legs were shaky and my stomach was churning like a washing machine. Everything down there stung. I stumbled over the dusty mounds toward the red flourescents outlining the snack bar. It was circular and shaped like a witches hat, the projector in the top part. You could see the movie scissoring through the air. We were in the back, like a mile away. The last hundred feet were deserted. A green light burned on each unused speaker like an eye. Halfway there, I knew I wasn't going to make it. I stopped and leaned against a speaker pole and heaved up everything I'd eaten--the Champale and the mustard fries, the nachos and the Dots--all of it splashing hot over my Dr. Scholl's. I spit to clean my mouth and kicked dust over everything and went on.

My thighs were sticky, and getting sick made me cry, so my face was a mess. I knew the bathrooms were by the front, so I walked around the outside and slipped in, hoping no one would see me.“

 

 

 

Stewart O'Nan (Pittsburgh,  4 februari 1961)

 

 

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