Fiction – Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Juliana Kálnay
Eine kurze Chronik des allmählichen Verschwindens

© Klaus Wagenbach Verlag, Berlin, 2017 Juliana Kálnay: Eine kurze Chronik des allmählichen Verschwindens © Klaus Wagenbach Verlag, Berlin, 2017The world is upside down at house number 29, where a man slowly metamorphoses into a tree. Another man moves into a lift. A child disappears without trace, hiding in holes like a mole. A photographer in a basement flat lives with his family in complete darkness. And the twin brothers on the second storey on the right may be one and the same person. Juliana Kálnay‘s debut novel Eine kurze Chronik des allmählichen Verschwindens (A Short Chronicle of Disappearing Gradually) resembles a hidden- object picture of grotesque scenes and puzzling characters, connected only by the house in which they live. (…)
Nothing is what it seems; in this book about “disappearing gradually”, characters and their stories come and go like shadows. Juliana Kálnay plays so freehandedly and skilfully with narrative stances, tones and literary forms that one can only be impressed by this poetic picaresque novel full of double bottoms and traps. At the final barbeque in the yard, at the end of this chronicle of the appearances and disappearances of the building and its residents, some of the puzzles finally appear to be resolving themselves. But then suddenly the light goes out, leaving the narrator to grope for a candle.

Cornelius Wüllenkemper: „Wir sind das Haus“
© Süddeutsche Zeitung, 6 February 2017

Juliana Kálnay
Eine kurze Chronik des allmählichen Verschwindens
Klaus Wagenbach Verlag, Berlin, 2017
ISBN 9783803132840
192 pages


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