Aus der Rumpelkammer (The Lumber Room) by Peter Svetina combines longish and short tales, short stories about people and things, and poems and miniature texts in which he plays with language, sometimes approaching nonsense literature. The different literary types, genres and forms are moved in an intentionally unruly order and rhythm, meaning that the author does away with horizons of exception. Each new text is, thus, a veritable surprise for the reader. For example, after a tremendous build-up in one of the long tales, we can catch our breath as we read the subsequent poem, before, just moments later, enjoying the author’s characteristic wit or simply reveling in the sounds of his verbal acrobatics. The illustrations by Damijan Stepančič provide additional surprises as he illustrates each text and highlights the different text types in this unique book.
Additional sample translation of a fairy tale in Italian
Original title: Ropotarna
Edited by: Tanja Petrič
Price: 23,00 €