Fiction – Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Anne Weber
Kirio

© S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2017 Anne Weber: Kirio © S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2017A showpiece that skips along like this one, blending children’s fairy tale, picaresque novel, worldly-wise parable and hagiography, is something we have not encountered in the rather weighty literary novels of recent years. With her story of the life of a good-for-nothing, reflected in marvels, the author has created a small work of magic (…). Life plans, firm beliefs, assertiveness, goal orientation, goals of any kind are foreign to this being by the name of Kirio. He toddles through the world, likes walking on his hands, takes things as they come – the cold, hunger and bugs in the cave in the Ardèche where he lives for a while, and the tiny attic room in Paris, where he plays the flute on the street, stuttering and sobbing, while laughing and crying at the same time. He is unaware of any difference between good and bad – everything is as it is. But he affects everyone with whom he comes into contact like an inkling of happiness. (…)
Losing oneself in a more or less pleasurable sequence of events is part of the risk of such picaresque novels. That danger was sometimes lurking in Rabelais’ Gargantua or in Eulenspiegel‘s escapades. Here, it is banished by the varied, artful way in which the narrators are constantly changed.

Joseph Hanimann: „Ein Purzeltraum“
© Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4 March 2017

Anne Weber
Kirio
S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2017
ISBN 9783103972696
224 pages


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