Seven stories for big and small children, for readers who have not stopped asking what if. Seven stories in which weird scoundrels, failing, ridiculous rebels, descendants of the knight of the sad figure dare to trouble the immutability of the existing. There is a man who knows but does not believe that the earth is round; there is one who gives new names to all things, so that he is no longer understood by the others. One who claims that America does not exist; or there is the inventor who invents louder things that already exist. There’s the man who knows the entire timetable by heart without ever having traveled, and who, seeing as he knows as much at the counter, starts counting all the steps in the world to know something no one else knows.
Swiss writer and journalist Peter Bichsel was born on March 24 1935 in Lucerne. He started publishing lyric works and short stories in early youth, but the recognition and a number of prestigious literary awards followed the publication of his 1964 work And Really Frau Blum Would Very Much Like to Meet the Milkman. In this collection of 21 miniature stories, the author communicates in a simple, laconic and at times even naïve manner, the truly extensive epic themes of estrangement and solitude, happiness and old age, love and hatred.
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