Abel and Cain
Appearing together in English for the first time, two masterpieces that take on the jazz age, the Nuremburg trials, postwar commercialism, and the feat of writing a book, presented in one brilliant volumeThe Death of My Brother Abel and its delirious sequel, Cain, constitute the magnum opus of Gregor von Rezzori’s prodigious career, the most ambitious, extravagant, outrageous, and deeply considered achievement of this wildly original and never less than provocative master of the novel. In Abel and Cain, the original book, long out of print, is reissued in a fully revised translation; Cain appears for the first time in English.The Death of My Brother Abel zigzags across the middle of the twentieth century, from the 1918 to 1968, taking in the Jazz Age, the Anschluss, the Nuremberg trials, and postwar commercialism. At the center of the book is the unnamed narrator, holed up in a Paris hotel and writing a kind of novel, a collage of sardonic and passionate set pieces about love and work, sex and writing, families and nations, and human treachery and cruelty. In Cain, that narrator is revealed as Aristide Subics, or so at least it appears, since Subics’ identity is as unstable as the fictional apparatus that contains him and the times he lived through. Questions abound: How can a man who lived in a time of lies know himself? And is it even possible to tell the story of an era of lies truthfully? Primarily set in the bombed-out, rubble- strewn Hamburg of the years just after the war, the dark confusion and deadly confrontation and of Cain and Abel, inseparable brothers, goes on.
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|Grouping Title||abel and cain|
|Grouping Author||rezzori gregor von|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-02 04:43:56AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-01-24 04:39:46AM|
|auth_author2||Cohen, Joshua, 1980-|
Dollenmayer, David B.,
Rezzori, Gregor von.
|author||Rezzori, Gregor von,|
|author2-role||Cohen, Joshua,1980-writer of introduction.|
Dollenmayer, David B.,translator.
Rezzori, Gregor von.Kain.
Rezzori, Gregor von.Tod meines Bruders Abel.
|author_display||Rezzori, Gregor von|
|detailed_location_arlington||Aurora Hills Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"Cain was Gregor von Rezzori's last book, a pendant to his monumental The Death of My Brother Abel, and in it he revisits the themes that he explored throughout his literary oeuvre: the origins of Nazism, the physical and moral ruin of Europe, the Americanization of the world, the ever-diminished role of beauty in daily life. But Cain, even as it looks back toward Rezzori's lifework, also represents an advance towards an ever more daringly improvisatory kind of writing. Cain has been described by Michael Krüger as not only the most modern of Rezzori's works, but as a great book, and an English translation of this work that rounds out not only the single biggest project of Rezzori's career, The Death of My Brother Abel, but his career as a whole, has long been overdue. David Dollenmayer, a past winner of the Goethe Institute's Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize, has taken on the job"--|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|series||New York Review Books classics|
|series_with_volume||New York Review Books classics||
|subject_facet||Europe -- History -- 1945- -- Fiction|
Rezzori, Gregor von -- Translations into English
World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence -- Fiction
|title_display||Abel and Cain|
|title_full||Abel and Cain / Gregor von Rezzori ; translated from the German by David Dollenmayer, Joachim Neugroschel and Marshall Yarbrough ; introduction by Joshua Cohen|
|title_short||Abel and Cain|