Translator: Jacques Meunier "An incantatory power, a hard-hitting musculature, an incredibly incisive, lyrical and prophetic reading of History." J-PH Mestre. The Progress of Lyons. Klabund, a great German writer of the 20th century, killed at the age of thirty-six in 1928 by tuberculosis, left a body of work as considerable as it was overwhelming, of which Bracke is one of the most striking texts. Who is Bracke? An angel fallen to earth? A thug ? A simple sprinter? He speaks to his shadow, to snakes and to cats. For him the scarecrows come alive and the Wandering Jew tells him about his twenty centuries of wandering. When a wisp persecutes humans, it grabs it by the throat and leads it back to the right path: "I want to save you, wisp, mirage, so that in the future you may shine in tranquility and truth. " Bracke delivers his fellow citizens from pestilence, vermin and floods. They recognize in him the voice of God. He wants to love and not be loved, for fear of not finding a heart worthy of him.
168 pages | ISBN: 9782914388252