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Kong’s Finest Hour

A Chronicle of Connections

In a world full of devils, the giant ape Kong defends what he loves the most. But who and what is this undomesticated animal? Might it reside within us? As we tread confidently, is this where the earth opens up beneath us?
 
In Kong’s Finest Hour, Alexander Kluge explores anew the accessible spaces where Kong dwells within us and in our million-year-old past. The more than two hundred stories contained in this volume form a chronicle of connections that together survey these spaces using diverse perspectives. These include stories about the folds of Kong’s nose, the voice of the author’s mother, the poet Heinrich von Kleist and Jack the Ripper, the indestructability of the political, and the supercontinent Pangaea that once unified the earth. Dissolving theory into storytelling has been Kluge’s lifelong pursuit, and this magnificent collection tells stories of people as well of things.
 
First in a series of Kluge’s Chronicles forthcoming from Seagull Books, Kong’s Finest Hour will delight those familiar with his writing as well as introduce readers to the brilliance of one of Germany’s greatest living writers.
 

342 pages | 114 halftones | 6 x 9

The German List

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“More than a few of Kluge’s many books are essential, brilliant achievements. None are without great interest.”—Susan Sontag
 

Praise for Alexander Kluge

Table of Contents

1. Wild Reliability
2. “The voice of love ones, echoes in my heart”
3. A Book of the Dead for Something I Love
4. The Folds of Kong’s Nose, As Distinctive as Fingerprints. The Plebian Report.
5. The Indestructibility of the Political
6. I, Myself
7. The Chronicles of Pangaea

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