Alexander Kluge

Er hat die herzlosen Augen eines über alles Geliebten

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Alexander Kluge
Er hat die herzlosen Augen eines über alles Geliebten

Text(s) by Alexander Kluge

Series: dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notizen - 100 Gedanken

German, English

2011. 8 pp., 2 ills.

10.70 x 15.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2880-5

In his literary texts, regardless of their length, Alexander Kluge says what needs to be said in the most succinct way possible. He notes his texts down on plain A4 pads in order to dictate them afterward. In this notebook, he outlines, in the space of a few lines, the emotional state of a woman named Gesine, who is unhappily in love with a man who has long since lost interest in her, if he was ever interested at all. She can’t get away from him. She suffers and is consoled by her best friend—the first-person narrator. Kluge’s syntactical austerity in the description of emotional entanglements, the objective, distanced style of a more or less documentary character, gives rise to a precise consolidation of complex subject matter. Thus, out of only one portrayed instance, an entire life unfolds.

Alexander Kluge (*1932) is an author and a filmmaker.

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The documenta (Kassel, Germany) is regarded as the world´s most important exhibition of contemporary art today. Ever since the first show in 1955, the documenta has made considerable contributions to the history of art.

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