City with Houses

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1818-8

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1912-3
Publication Date
January 2002
Page Count
229 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

City with Houses

Ernst-Wilhelm Handler

A city with deteriorating houses. A pristine house seemingly without inhabitants. Inhabitants of a world no longer human. In this remarkable collection of stories, Ernst-Wilhelm Händler transports us to a place where nothing is quite as we know it. Händler creates a series of possible worlds, some resembling those we experience on a regular basis, others existing in startling opposition to everyday life.

About the Author

Ernst-Wilhelm Händler was born in Regensburg, Germany, in 1953. He studied economics and philosophy and worked as the head of his family's business after completing his studies. Since the publication of his highly acclaimed debut, City with Houses, he has written three novels--Kongreß, Fall, and Sturm. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Erik-Reger Prize for Literature.
"This is [Händler's] first publication. One can hardly believe this, since the eleven thought games, fantasy pieces and language exercises in this volume suggest an explored virtuosity, and thus maneuver themselves through an astonishing spectrum of literary forms. All that which leads ambitious young authors to fail is avoided. This book does not take its life solely from the author's biography, but rather allows that which truly measures literary rank-the experiences of strangers emerge from amongst the changing voices."
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"This is heavy stuff, but still a fascinating allegory about the state of affairs, not only in Germany but in all the world." --Booklist