Author: Seiler, Lutz
Published on 28 November 2023 by And Other Stories in the United Kingdom.
Paperback | 192 pages
196 x 129 x 16 | 184g
In Case of Loss gathers the best of Lutz Seiler's non-fiction from last twenty-five years, revealing his essays to be different to, but on a par with, his fiction and poetry. Seiler's beautifully anecdotal and associative pieces throw fascinating light on literature and his background, not least the environmental and human catastrophe of the Soviet-era mining in the community he grew up in, â€˜the tired villages . . . beneath which lay the ore, uranium.â€™ Other essays focus on poetry, including his discovery of poetry during his military service and pieces on German poets, including Ernst Meister, JÃ¼rgen Becker and Peter Huchel, whose former house, outside Berlin, is now home to Lutz Seiler, after he broke and entered it with Huchel's widow's blessing. Meanwhile, the title essay â€“ a fascinating insight into creative process â€“ describes Huchel's notebook, a kind of dictionary of poetic images organised by mood and location.
Providing a perfect welcome in to his work as a whole, In Case of Loss sees one of Europe's most original writers speak with openness and clarity in essays full of insight, humanity and a poet's attention to the importance of often overlooked objects and lives.