|Urwind (1993) [Novel]|
by Bo Carpelan
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(From the publisher):
, on the face of it a simple tale of a Helsinki antiquarian bookseller whose wife has abandoned him, there is a complex layering of experience, past and present. The telling is more a matter of inner than outer events—intimate, rapt.
In the 'ur-vind', or primordial attic, are stored not only relics from the story-teller's past, but also memories of the neighbours, friends and relations who inhabited the apartment house in which he was brought up. The 'ur-vind' is also the cosmic wind, blowing from beyond the reassuring walls of houses and apartments. And it is the story-teller's name Daniel Urwind, in whom is focused a wealth of literary and artistic allusions and antecedents that include the Merz-Bau of Kurt Schwitters, the paintings of Caezanne and the fiction of Kafka.
Original title: Urwind
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics