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Max Blaeulich - Gatterbauertwo or: Surviving Europe

Die letzten Tage der Menschheit finden ihre Fortsetzung in einem Roman von beklemmender Kühnheit.

Carried off to Europe as a slave, a souvenir of an Africa expedition Gatterbauertwo is second footman to his master Alois Gatterbauer and looking for his home Uganda. After a time of meandering and after many detours he ends up in Hungary, goes to the dogs, and at the home of Count Pallavicini he is to be turned into a cultivated, converted catholic butler. He learns quickly: manners, waiting, German – but most of all he learns to hate. When heir apparent Franz Ferdinand is killed in Serbia and World War I breaks loose he is well prepared for his new role: He goes to war – for a strange emperor, a strange god, and a country that is not his. How can you survive Europe, the wild continent, the permanent war in the heart of darkness? And what does humanity mean, when man is nothing more than a cue ball of foreign powers – slave, soldier, object to look on, object of lust, a commodity? Based on meticulously researched historic material Max Blaeulich draws the picture of a society degenerated to the core: Europe, a culture where moral values have been perverted by racist arrogance and greed; Europe, gloriously stumbling across dead bodies from one catastrophe into the next. The quote from Dostoevsky tunes in for a grotesque pitch. Blaeulich is a master of this field, and he is in good company: Gogol, Canetti, Gombrowicz, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Sergio Pitol, just to name a few. The genre of the grotesque itself is a blossom of baroque art. Blaeulich is a baroque author not only because of his characterisations, but also because of his roaming, straying, slope-searching way of storytelling. LEOPOLD FÖDERMAIER, NZZ

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336 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 9783701714513
Release date: 01.08.2006

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Max Blaeulich

 was born in Salzburg; after a commercial apprenticeship, he studied German literature and art history. He has worked as a second-hand book seller and for various literary magazines. He has published widely as an author, and is editor and publisher at Edition Tartin. As a visual artist he has been exhibiting since 1980. He lives in Salzburg and in 2009 he was awarded the Salzburg chamber of trade book prize. Residenz published his "Cannibal"-trilogy: "Kilimandscharo zweimeteracht" (2005), "Gatterbauerzwei oder Europa überleben" (2006), "Stackler oder Die Maschinerie der Nacht" (2008) and his novel "Unbarmherziges Glück" (2014).


Eine grandiose, ausufernde Groteske über die allumfassende Verdorbenheit der Gesellschaft ...

Wer noch einmal von den humanistischen Werten des europäischen Abendlandes faselt, der bekommt Max Blaeulichs „Gatterbauerzwei“ in die Hand gedrückt: Erst lesen, dann weiterreden! Wahrscheinlich wird der Betreffende dazu nicht in der Lage sein, denn dieses Buch verschlägt einem die Sprache. (...) Bei allem Sarkasmus ist Max Blaeulich ein Autor, der nicht nur mit der Sprache virtuos zu spielen weiß, sondern der auch eine Realitätsfülle und Drastik aufweist wie nur ganz wenige.

Manchmal kommt es vor, dass man noch während des Lesens eines Buches Freunden oder Bekannten bereits davon erzählt. Es gibt Neues zu berichten, die Faszination über unerwartete Einsichten oder bloß seltsame Geschichten mitzuteilen, die Freude darüber auszudrücken, dass man sich wirklich angesprochen fühlt. Und dann ist man nach Abschluss der Lektüre plötzlich sprachlos, weiß das Ganze nicht recht einzuordnen oder ist schockiert, weil man erst jetzt bemerkt, dass man in einen offenen Abgrund geschaut hat. Der neue Roman des Salzburgers Max Blaeulich "Gatterbauerzwei oder Europa überleben" hat bei mir all das ausgelöst.

Das Dostojewski-Motto stimmt auf eine groteske Tonlage ein. Blaeulich ist ein Meister dieses Fachs, und er befindet sich in bester Gesellschaft: Gogol, Canetti, Gombrowicz, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Sergio Pitol, um nur ein paar Namen zu nennen. Das groteske Genre wiederum ist eine der Blüten barocker Kunst. Als Barockautor erweist sich Blaeulich nicht nur durch seine Figurenzeichnung, sondern auch durch die schweifende, abschweifende, Schräglagen suchende Erzählweise.
[Leopold Federmaier, NZZ]

Fulminant erzählt mit interessanten Detailkenntnissen, Innenansichten des Krieges und menschenverachtender Mentalität. Immer noch aktuell, darum dringend empfohlen.

Schonungslos, radikal, grotesk und (selbst-)ironisch begegnet uns auch Blaeulichs zweites Buch.
[Quelle: Iris, BLLV MÜNCHEN]


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The Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of World War I: four white men set off for Uganda, each with a different purpose. Stackler, for instance, the physiologist, concerned with charting Africa by the body parts of its native inhabitants, is going in search of monstrosities. He finds one such in his bearer – two metres eight tall – whom he promptly names Kilimanjaro, and takes back to Vienna with him for research in racial studies. As with Stackler, the research interests of all the others soon evince private madness which shows no respect and is marked by racism, colonialist arrogance and the overweening superiority of civilised people. In this enterprising novel based on historical material, Max Blaeulich portrays a deeply decadent society which, through the perversion of its values, is itself responsible for the catastrophes which are to be its downfall. In his novel Blaeulich virtuously combines historical facts and literary invention. (Paul Jandl, Neue Zürcher Zeitung) A book that pares back our self-importance. Great reading it is in any case. (Anton Thuswaldner, Salzburger Nachrichten) Max Blaeulich is a secret institution in this country... (Raoul Schrott)

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