Living is Like a Lion
By: Sibylle Lewitscharoff
The author very loosely relates the last years of the philosopher’s life to the facts, yet Blumenberg is done no injustice.
One day, a lion suddenly appears in the philosopher’s study. There is nothing ominous or Kafkaesque about it - Blumenberg takes an immediate liking to the lion. Why hold lectures about the unquenchable human need for comfort if you have a lion, comfort itself, the pure essence of life-giving power?
In the novel, the lion is only noticed by one other person – a nun, who wisely reminds Blumenberg as he cuts his hedge that he and the lion have the same tasks: “Create order, maintain order. Curtail uncontrolled growth.“
If the idle lion, an empty signifier, gives us the feeling that we have been deceived, it is also an ingenious metaphor of the unspeakable as well as a good elucidation of the quest for order that continues in art and philosophy in spite of everything.
Blumenberg. (original title: Blumenberg)
Translation: Ana Jasmina Oseban
KUD Sodobnost International, 2013