Alexander Kluge

The Gap Left by the Devil - In the Environs of the New Century

With Illustrations
Alexander Kluge
Foto: Alexander Kluge
© Markus Kirchgessner

Alexander Kluge, born in 1932, is an author as well as the director to date of numerous films and countless TV broadcasts, but: »My books are my most important work.« He has received numerous awards for his oeuvre, including the Georg Büchner Prize and the Theodor W. Adorno Prize, the Heinrich Heine Prize of the City of Düsseldorf, and the 2019 Klopstock Prize of the City of Halberstadt.

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With a collection of 500 stories, Alexander Kluge picks up the thread of his Chronicle of Feelings, which had been published in 2000. Catchphrases such as Revolution, Holocaust, World War, Chernobyl, 9/11 or the Iraq Crisis label some of the most uncanny complexes in a seemingly compact, impenetrable/overwhelming reality - and Kluge presents it in all its threatening appearance.

Sub-divided into eight chapters, Kluge's stories explore the warnings written on the walls of the 20th century - and he proceeds in the grand coda that forms the ninth chapter to vary all the motifs and themes - and turn them around. His are stories of immense analytical power, narrated from the perspective of 2003, from a New World: the experiences of the 20th century are not conclusive.

Other publications

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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Chronik der Gefühle/Chronicle of Feelings (2000)

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