Alexander Kluge

Kong’s Big Moment - Chronicle of Coherence

(German title: Kongs große Stunde)
ca. 704 pages
Alexander Kluge
Foto: Alexander Kluge
© Markus Kirchgessner

Alexander Kluge, born 1932, is an author as well as the director to date of numerous films and countless TV broadcasts.

In 2003 he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize.

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Of enchanted things, furnaces of the soul and the music of thoughts


To dissolve theory in concrete stories has been Alexander Kluge’s lifelong approach. To him, there is music in the texture of thoughts, and so with this book, Chronicle of Coherence, he creates a counterpoint to the Chronicle of Feelings that was published fifteen years ago.

Alexander Kluge deals with the question of accessible spaces within humans and our million-year-old past. He covers these spaces in thirteen stations with shifting perspectives, but always in the form of precise stories. And so they’re stories about »experiences of reparation« as an essential life practice, just like they’re about the genealogical memory of father and mother. But it’s not only people that belong to a Chronicle of Coherence; equally, it’s things with the human labour they contain. Isn’t it that often these things are also »enchanted humans« and hold novels within them? After all, art is regarded as »grand opera« in life and on the stage.


»A collection of glistening ideas and disturbing scenarios on 700 pages. A Panopticon of civilization. […] Alexander Kluge is a collector of emotional adventures that he boils down to their essence in countless miniatures.« Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

»[Kluge] paints a panoramic picture of our present that you can imagine like a cubist painting, composed of many singular stories that refer to one another, are mirrored within another, that overlap, gathered according to the principle of the montage of a so-called ›Chronicle of Coherence‹.« Jochen Rack, Bayrischer Rundfunk

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Weltverändernder Zorn/World-changing Rage (2017)

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30. April 1945/30 April 1945 (2014)

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Nachricht von ruhigen Momenten/Message from Quiet Moments (2013)

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Das Bohren harter Bretter/The Drilling of Hard Boards (2011)

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Dezember/December (2010)

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Der Luftangriff auf Halberstadt am 8. April 1945/The Air Raid on Halberstadt on 8 April 1945 (2008)

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Geschichten vom Kino/Stories of the Cinema (2007)

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Die Lücke, die der Teufel läßt/The Gap Left by the Devil (2003)

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Chronik der Gefühle/Chronicle of Feelings (2000)

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