Absurdist, Surreal, Downright strange stuff here. Anyone read pic related? Good shit.
Also, how is Kafka beyond The Trial and Metamorphosis? Never got past those in high school.
Murakami by Micah Lidberg, 1/?
>Murakami by Micah Lidberg, 2/?
This is legit, The Opposing Shore and The Hearing Trumpet are great.
I remember this! It's where I learned the word for Epaulette, 19th century shoulder tassels. I don't think I ever finished it, may have to abandon thread to do that now.
pretty accurate, but to add to it you should look up the writers chosen for Der Orchideengarten (German precursor to Weird Tales magazine), and the writers around the Symbolist and Expressionist movements which predate it slightly.
Interesting. Any specific ones you'd recommend? Discussion on surreal/absurd lit always seems to get its feel of German with Kafka and forgets everything else beyond Zürn and Ernst.
If you can find it, Perutz's In between Nine and Nine (I'm not sure if that's the English title, it is easier to find in German) is a good novel. ETA Hoffmann of course featured, and it is easier to find his work in English, but he is horror and surreal, not surreal and as background horror like Perutz.
The Orchids Garden published a lot of the French horror tales of the time (Gautier's Dead Lover, which I think is in English as Clarimonde) and other psychological horrors works like Wells, Poe et al., so it could fit in art from their writers who were also illustrators, therefore it's a weird marriage of influence and homage, horror and the surreal.
Kubin did a lot of their blocks and his novel The other Side has a lot of the tone you'd find in a Gautier or Poe story with a rising sense of horror and increasing features of the absurd, but Perutz breaks through to the kind of dropped in the absurdity from the start most people associate more with Camus, or Kafka if they've only read Metamorphosis. If you prefer one kind to the other, choose accordingly.
I assume you might speak German, but if you are dependent on English translations, there's a recent translation of Zurn's, The Trumpets of Jericho. It's very weird, and probably as close as you'll get to the weirdness of her Man in Jasmine in English, now that is out of print.