Journals Log In | Journals Account Info

Books Cart  
Journals Cart  
 
 
SEARCH
  
Browse Books

Movie Sale
Holocaust Remembrance Day Sale
Jackie Robinson Sale
Poetry Month Book Sale
New April Books
Passover Sale


John G. Neihardt Library
UNP e-Newsletter (PDF version)
Recent Award Winners

Facebook page  Twitter  Pinterest

Connect with Us

American Indian & Indigenous Studies

American Indian &
Indigenous Studies e-catalog

Download PDF

History

History e-catalog
Download PDF

Spring/Summer 2014 catalog

Spring/Summer 2014 e-catalog
Download PDF

Potomac Books

JPS

We Monks and Soldiers, We Monks and Soldiers, 0803239912, 0-8032-3991-2, 978-0-8032-3991-3, 9780803239913, Lutz Bassmann Translated by Jordan Stump, , We Monks and Soldiers, 0803244649, 0-8032-4464-9, 978-0-8032-4464-1, 9780803244641, Lutz Bassmann Translated by Jordan Stump

We Monks and Soldiers
Lutz Bassmann
Translated by Jordan Stump

paperback
2012. 200 pp.
978-0-8032-3991-3
$19.95 t
 

From one of the most original French writers of our day comes a mysterious, prismatic, and at times profoundly sad reflection on humanity in its darker moments—one of which may very well be our own. In a collection of fictions that blur distinctions between dreaming and waking reality, Lutz Bassmann sets off a series of echoes—the “entrevoutes” that conduct us from one world to another in a journey as viscerally powerful as it is intellectually heady.
 
While humanity seems to be fading around them, the members of a shadowy organization are doing their inadequate best to assist those experiencing their last moments. From a soldier-monk exorcising what seem to be spirits (but are they?) from an abandoned house, to a spy executing a mission whose meaning eludes him, to characters exploring cells, wandering through ruins, confronting political dissent and persecution, encountering—perhaps—the spirits once exorcised, these stories conduct us through a world at once ambiguous and sharply observed. This remarkable work, in Jordan Stump’s superb translation, offers readers a thrilling entry into Bassmann’s numinous world.
 

Lutz Bassmann belongs to a community of imaginary authors invented, championed, and literarily realized by Antoine Volodine, a French writer of Slavic origins born in 1950. Volodine’s many celebrated, category-defying works include the award-winning Minor Angels (Nebraska, 2004), which blends science fiction, Tibetan myth, a ludic approach to writing, and a profound humanistic idealism. Jordan Stump is a professor of French at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of The Other Book (Nebraska, 2011), has translated numerous texts, including Minor Angels, and was awarded the French-American Foundation’s translation prize.

"Vividly imagined, thought provoking and spare, this is an unusual collection . . . worth searching out."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

“A continually changing, continually new poetic force.”—Christophe Kantcheff, Politis


“Between a fragile lyricism and an almost silent poetic expression of an absolute, inevitable devastation.”—Hugo Pradelle, La Quinzaine Littéraire


“Cet ouvrage publié dans le cadre du programme d’aide à la publication bénéficie du soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France représenté aux Etats-Unis.

This work received support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States through their publishing assistance program.”

"Cet ouvrage a bénéficié du soutien des Programmes d'aide à la publication de l’Institut Français."

This work, published as part of a program of aid for publication, received support from the Institut Français.”

 Publication of this book was assisted by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Also of Interest

Coda
René Belletto


Minor Angels
Antoine Volodine


Conquering Horse, Second Edition
Frederick Manfred


My Ántonia
Willa Cather