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My goodness, this sounds like something I would find fascinating. Thanks for your review. For lovers of the dystopian genre it’s certainly a great read and intersting because it’s rather early. Don’t waste your time here! Your alfrd will be deleted at once without being read.
Friday, 12 August Book Review: The Other Side by Alfred Kubin. Not only wars and other disasters that come over us unasked for and unforeseen, can turn our lives into an all too real nightmare if not hell on tge, also unfortunate choices have the potential. Dreamers with a taste for great adventure seem to be running a particularly great risk in this respect because — as we all know — things seldom turn out as splendid as imagined. He counts on a model society that has left behind the annoyances of modernity, notably worries concerning work and money, and he hopes for a healthy climate where his ailing wife will get well.
Alas, reality is quite different. Alfred Kubin was born in Leitmeritz today: Czechiain April After high school and an apprenticeship as photographer, he turned to painting. His studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, however, he gave up and earned his living as printmaker and book illustrator.
In the early s the unnamed first-person narrator of The Other Sidea former graphic artist in his seventies, writes down what happened forty years earlier when he lived somewhere in Central Asia for a while.
His story, however, begins in Munich, Germany, on a foggy November afternoon. A mysterious stranger called Franz Gautsch asks to talk to him on behalf of Claus Patera, a high school friend from Salzburg with whom he long lost touch. As he learns, only a choice afred of people worldwide, all of them outstanding in character or physiognomy and discontent with everything progressive, is ever honoured with such an invitation.
At first the narrator thinks that this must be a joke or that Gautsch is a madman, but before long he is convinced that the ,ubin is meant seriously, and adventurous as he is, he gets siide on the idea. He was planning a long travel with his ailing wife, anyways. So it comes that just a few days later he leaves with his wife for Dream Kingdom via Baku and Samarkand.
Instead of the promised utopia, they find a gloomy place where the sun never shines and where everything is old and shabby. Moreover, people follow a strange cult surrounding the clock of the clock tower and Patera. The atmosphere soon begins to weigh on the narrator and above all his wife.
In fact, the book evokes a dystopian environment that appears grotesque and terrifying like a painting of Hieronymus Bosch or Francisco de Goya … or a proto-surrealistic drawing of the author himself. They clearly show in the novel, but it would be wrong to read it only in this psychoanalytic light because it also has strong satirical, symbolic and esoteric sides.
The book influenced important writers like Franz Kafka and Gustav Meyrink although its language and style are rather simple and ordinary by comparison.
The Other Side
Nonetheless, this read was an extraordinary experience for me, entertaining to some degree though not at all cheerful. I reckon that it needs a certain kind of person and the right frame of mind while reading to truly enjoy it.
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