The World at My Back (Biblioasis International Translation) (Paperback)

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By Thomas Melle, Luise Von Flotow (Translator)
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"Books written out of great emotional distress are ... rarely great literature. Thomas Melle's The World at My Back] is great literature because he pulls it off without a single false note."
--Deutschlandfunk (German National Radio)


Addicted to culture, author Thomas Melle has built up an impressive personal library. His heart is in these books, and he loves to feel them at his back, their promise and challenge, as he writes. But in the middle of a violent dissociative episode, when they become ballast to his increasingly manic self, he disperses almost overnight what had taken decades to gather. Nor is this all he loses: descending further into an incomprehensible madness, he loses friendships and his career as a novelist and celebrated playwright, but the most savage cruelty is that he no longer either knows or understands himself.

Vulnerable and claustrophobic, shattering and profoundly moving, Thomas Melle's The World at My Back is a book dedicated to the impossibility of reclaiming what has been lost, its lines both a prayer and reminder that, on the other side of madness, other possibilities await.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771964517
ISBN-10: 1771964510
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Biblioasis International Translation