Adventures In Immediate Irreality by Max Blecher, Michael Henry Heim

By Max Blecher, Michael Henry Heim

Often known as “the Kafka of Romania,” Max Blecher died younger yet now not ahead of growing this incandescent novel.

Adventures in rapid Irreality, the masterwork of Max Blecher—a brilliant author who brings to brain Bruno Schulz—paints in vibrant shades the crises of “irreality” that plagued him in his formative years, eerie mirages in which he could glimpse destiny occasions, sparkling glimpses unsettling in each way.  In gliding chapters that circulate with a weird dream good judgment in their personal, this memoiristic novella sketches the tremulous, scary and exhilarating awakenings of a really younger guy.

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When he was nineteen he contracted osteal tuberculosis, and spent the rest of his short life in sanatoria. When his parents ran out of money for his treatment abroad, he had to return to Romania, where he died at the age of twenty-eight. When you read his books it’s hard to believe your eyes. The author of this masterpiece was a twenty-five-year-old already weakened by disease. Romanian literati lived in fear of Eugène Ionesco’s scathing reviews. But when Blecher’s Adventures in Immediate Irreality appeared in a limited edition in 1936, he praised the book.

For the last ten years of his life, he was confined to bed, immobilized by the disease. Despite his condition, he wrote and published his first piece in 1930, a short story called “Herrant” in Tudor Arghezi’s literary magazine Bilete de papagal, contributed to André Breton’s literary review Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution and corresponded with Breton, André Gide, Martin Heidegger, Ilarie Voronca, Geo Bogza, and Mihail Sebastian. In 1934, he published Corp transparent, a volume of poetry.

The magic word that might convey their essence would have to borrow from the essences of other aspects of life, distill a new scent from a judicious combination of them. It would have to contain something of the stupefaction I feel watching a person in reality and then following his gestures in a mirror, of the instability accompanying the falls I have in my dreams and the subsequent unforgettable moment of fear whistling through my spinal chord, or of the transparent mist inhabited by the bizarre decors of crystal balls I have known.

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