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Max Blaeulich - Kilimanjaro 2m 8


Ein Afrika-Roman als Spiegelbild europäischer Geschichte

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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256 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 9783701714247
Release date: 01.09.2005

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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).


Max Blaeulich ist eine insgeheime Institution hierzulanden – das Salz in einer leider etwas dünn gewordenen austriakischen Buchstabensuppe. Kilimandscharo zweimeteracht – der erste Teil einer Trilogie des Abgrunds – zeigt uns als Roman einer Uganda-Expedition im Jahre 1912 das dunkelste Herz Österreichs und seine Gegenwartsgeschichte im Spiegel. Wer glaubt, dieses schwarze Kapitel zu kennen, irrt; wer’s nicht kennt – und das sind wohl die allermeisten von uns – der soll’s lesen!

Virtuos verknüpft Blaeulich in seinem Roman historische Tatsachen mit literarischer Phantasie. Zwischen Rassenwahn und Traum durchstreifen die Abgesandten der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften die Weiten Ugandas. Das Herz der Finsternis ist ihr eigenes.
Paul Jandl, NZZ

Die Grundlage für Blaeulichs Erzählen ist historisches Material ... Er agiert dabei so virtuos-grotesk, dass man nicht immer weiß, was Wirklichkeit und was ironische Anmerkung ist. Aus diesem Spannungsverhältnis bezieht der Text auch seine eigentümliche Wirkung, und der Leser wird es zu danken wissen, diese der Dokumentation und Narration gleichermaßen geschuldete Form als innovativen Roman zu erkennen. Denn am Ende hat man nicht bloß ein respektables Buch gelesen, sondern wirklich gute Literatur!
Gerhard Zeillinger, DIE PRESSE

Das ist ein Buch, das unsere Selbstherrlichkeit zurückstutzt. Um großartige Lektüre handelt es sich sowieso.

Es ist eine Freude, was die österreichische Literatur zurzeit zu bieten hat. Zum Beispiel der Salzburger Max Blaeulich. Das muss man sich erst einmal trauen!
Peter Pisa, KURIER

In einer meisterhaften Sprache und gestützt auf faktenreiche Recherche legt der Autor einen sensationellen, ungewöhnlichen Afrika-Roman vor. Pflichtlektüre.
Sylvia Treudl, BUCHKULTUR

... aufregend und verstörend ...
Ernst Grabovszki, WIENER ZEITUNG

Wenn der Autor seine Gabe zur Übertreibung einmal nicht auf allzu Grausames und Absonderliches anwendet, gelingen ihm Dialoge und Schilderungen auf originelle, überraschende Art; elegant und geräuschlos schlüpfen die Sätze schlangengleich ins Leserauge.
Christian Lorenz Müller, Literatur & Kritik

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