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Alois Brandstetter - Greetings from Cant

In August 1791 Maria von Herbert from Klagenfurt writes a letter to Immanuel Kant in Königsberg. She is asking the ageing celibate for comfort and advice – because Maria von Herbert is lovesick. This is historical documented. The young and talkative amanuensis of Kant is answering her in the name of his master and he responds to problems, the young woman is not suffering from. This is documented in Brandstetter’s way. Kant’s amanuensis reflects on various peculiarities and strangnesses; f.e. whether one can admire Kant, when one is admiring Goethe as well. And last but not least he reflects on a question, that affects all of us: how to get rid of lovesickness? This one-letter-novel is humorous, witty and smart, full of sarcasm as well as sapiency. Greetings from cant is a book is comfort and advice – but, most of all, it is a pleasurable read.

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240 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701715268
Release date: 15.09.2009

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Alois Brandstetter

born in 1939 in Pichl, lives and works as a freelance writer in Klagenfurt. Numerous awards; f.e. the “Wilhelm-Raabe-Prize” 1984, the “Heinrich-Gleißner-Prize” 1994, the “Adalbert-Stifter-Prize” and the “Cultural Prize of Upper Austria” 2005.


Der Mann ist belesen, hat Humor, kann schreiben, und schreibt stets nur das, was er versteht. (...) ...das ist wieder einmal ein qualitätsvolles Brandstetter-Buch.

... mit \"Cant läßt grüßen\" legt der Autor ein interessantes und lesenswertes Buch zum Leben, zur Interpretation des Wirkens und der Bedeutung Cants für die Aufklärung vor, das von viel Liebe zum Detail und langer Auseinandersetzung mit den Briefen und Briefwechseln Cants und um Cant zeugt.
SANDAMMEER, Christin Zenker

...ein Ein-Brief-Roman voller Witz, tiefgründiger Ironie und Weisheit.

Einbriefroman des (guten) Oberösterreichers in Kärnten, der stets Kurioses mit \"kritischem Wohlwollen\" präsentiert.

Hier lebt sich der Philologe Brandstetter (...) voll und ganz aus. Es teilt sich auf geradem Weg mit, welches Vergnügen ihm das macht, und dieses Vergnügen überträgt sich auf Leserinnen und Leser.
APA, Werner Thuswaldner

Brandstetters Leserinnen und Leser dürfen sich freuen: Der neue Brandstetter ist da. Für Liebhaber des Sprachduktus des auslaufenden achtzehnten Jahrhunderts dürfte die Lektüre ein besonderes Vergnügen werden. (...) Brandstetter hat einen faszinierenden Ein-Brief-Roman verfasst.

Alois Brandstetter ist ein begnadeter Sprachvirtuose (...) er findet stets den richtigen Ton.

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