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Brenner by Hermann Burger
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Jul 05, 2022 | ISBN 9781953861306

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Praise

“A Susan Sontag–esque meditation on depression . . . The translator is to be commended.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Thanks to West’s lucid translation along with a series of evocative photos, the chronicle offers a cogent view of a rambling man desperate to shape his life into meaning.”
–Publishers Weekly

“In a mocking celebration of Marcel Proust and his madeleine cookie-triggered involuntary memory, Brenner chooses which cigar to smoke in the hope of conjuring a particular event . . . The memories conjured unfold similarly to how the cigar being smoked develops its “pneuma,” an Ancient Greek word for breath . . . The translation is excellent . . . Complicated but rewarding (just like a fine cigar).”
–Erika Harlitz Kern, Foreword Reviews


“Narrated by a man on the brink of death, Brenner is a baroque – in places manic – extemporization, a profusion of extraordinary involutions and convolutions, of abrupt temporal and tonal shifts. A novel of multiple registers, it’s in part a recuperation of the intense pleasures and torments of childhood, in part a settling of scores. This is an astounding translation of an astounding book.”
–Jonathan Buckley, author of The Great Concert of the Night

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