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Brendel's Fantasy by Günther Freitag (UK).

Translated by Eugene H. Hayworth.

ISBN 978-1-907822-53-7 (2012)

Höller knows that he will soon die. Instead of withdrawing into the arms of his family, he withdraws from them. His only remaining aim in life is to persuade Alfred Brendel to play the definitive interpretation of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy especially for him. Both in his life and dream he is no longer prepared to accept compromises, and he can only muster disgust for his wife’s shameless pursuit of high society thrills and his son’s materialist aspirations.

To their shocked consternation, Höller decides to sell his profitable business and decamps to rural Tuscany. The decidedly odd stranger, who is seen about town with a towel wrapped around his head to prevent it from splitting, inspects the community hall to check its suitability as a concert venue and hires the inhabitants of Castelnuovo’s old people’s home as stewards for the performance. He soon becomes an object of bewilderment for the townsfolk. But will Höller’s humanity be revealed before it is too late?

Günther Freitag received multiple awards for his radio plays and novels. He lives in Leoben, Steiermark (Austria).

Höller knows that he will soon die. Instead of withdrawing into the arms of his family, he withdraws from them. His only remaining aim in life is to persuade Alfred Brendel to play the definitive interpretation of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy especially for him. ‘Freitag’s prose, full of humour and pathos, captures Höller’s energy, fury and worldly incomprehension brilliantly.’ – Harry Hall

Brendel's Fantasy 'reads a little like a stream-of-consciousness narrative, where the mundane and the bizarre are given equal prominence and emotions ebb and flow.' - Scottish Sunday Herald

 

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Literature in Translation

Brendel's Fantasy by Günther Freitag (USA).

Translated from the German by Eugene H. Hayworth.

ISBN 9780983476481 (August 2011)

Höller, a successful manufacturer and Schubert enthusiast in his fifties, has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Without telling his wife and family about the diagnosis he resolves to sell his business and sets off for Tuscany. Here, Alfred Brendel is to play him the final, ultimate interpretation of Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy". Höller encounters a motley collection of bizarre and grotesque characters, providing the novel with a rich vein of black comedy. A brilliant description of an obsession - subtly amusing and superbly told.

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