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By Max Blecher, Michael Henry Heim

Often known as “the Kafka of Romania,” Max Blecher died younger yet now not ahead of developing this incandescent novel.

Adventures in instant Irreality, the masterwork of Max Blecher—a exceptional author who brings to brain Bruno Schulz—paints in shiny shades the crises of “irreality” that plagued him in his formative years, eerie mirages in which he may glimpse destiny occasions, gleaming glimpses unsettling in each way.  In gliding chapters that stream with a weird dream good judgment in their personal, this memoiristic novella sketches the tremulous, scary and exhilarating awakenings of a truly younger guy.

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The veils were tastefully arranged where the head should have been, but she had only a gaping hole there instead, an empty sphere running down to the nape of the neck. We were both in a hurry, following a cart with red crosses on the sides: it was carrying the corpse of the woman’s husband. I realized there was a war going on, and in fact we soon came to a station. . Suddenly a man came out of a first class compartment; he was portly and well dressed, had a decoration in his buttonhole, and was wearing a monocle and white shoes.

Max Blecher’s soul was a fearless journalist who reported what his hypersensitive senses and immense intelligence uncovered about the world we think we know. ” After the discovery that this is not the real world, he finds it to be the projection of a text that tells a story which erases the world as it appears to be: “All at once the surfaces of things surrounding me took to shimmering strangely or turning vaguely opaque like curtains, which when lit from behind go from opaque to transparent and give a room a sudden depth.

It was a rented room and had never served as a place of business. The walls had not been repainted and were covered with garlands of violets and faded rectangles where pictures had once hung. A bronze lamp, also left from before, hung from the middle of the ceiling. It had a dark-red majolica lampshade decorated along the rim with green porcelain acanthus leaves in relief. It was highly ornamented, old and old-fashioned, but imposing. It looked something like a gravestone or a retired general wearing his former uniform in a parade.

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