June 01, 2009
Picked up galley of Mati Unt's Brecht at Night from pile on Buuck's kitchen table. It is a novelization of Brecht's brief stay in Finland in 1940s as he waits a visa for the US. Love the idea: novel about very much loaded historical figure in liminal space/time of particularly loaded local politics (Finland fighting the Soviet Union, etc). I picked it up hoping it would be in the tradition of Weiss's Aesthetics of Resistance. Had to abandon it half way through. Got lost in the way Unt keeps dissolving into descriptions of various personalities and their small foibles. There is a lot of time spent especially on the foibles of the women and their unattractive bodies. Not much on the very much loaded historical/political issues.
Posted by jms at 1:27 PM