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Couples, Passersby

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The six linked sections of Couples, Passersby present vignettes of frustrated connections and emotional numbness as characters search for meaning in art, in language, and in each other. A man waiting for his beloved to cross the street watches as she's struck by a car. A colorless suburban couple makes the long journey from their home to sit in a gay bar and feel exotic. A man leaves an animated intellectual lunch and goes unrecognized by his companion a few minutes later. Throughout, Strauss filters the particulars of everyday existence through his singular sensibility to creating a portrait of contemporary urban society and the artist's place within it.

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Botho Strauss is a German writer and social conservative, displeased with what he sees as the cultural drift of his country and disinterested in the manner of life in the new Germany. Translated by Roslyn Theobold, this collection of Botho Strauss's short stories depicts a people losing their humanity under the pressures of history and technology. His stories describe robot-like characters with holes in their souls, who carry out the tasks of their daily lives--working, talking, sinning--amid spiritually void and intellectually desolate surroundings. By sketching the limpid lifelessness of his modern Germany, Strauss attempts to point toward a truer, more authentic mode of life and expression. That he writes in the shadow of Germany's history in this century adds an obvious edge to his work and heightens the interested reader's attention toward his aesthetic vision.

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In Couples, Passersby, the controversial German writer Botho Strauss deftly combines the fantastic and the mundane to depict a society in which people pair off only to find greater isolation and alienation. In Strauss's world love turns not to hate but to indifference, and lovers fade into strangers, indistinguishable passersby in the crowded loneliness of the city streets. The six linked sections of Couples, Passersby present vignettes of frustrated connections and emotional numbness as characters search for meaning in art, in language, and in each other. Throughout Couples, Passersby, Strauss filters the particulars of everyday existence through his singular sensibility to create an arresting portrait of contemporary urban society and the solitary artist's place within it.

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