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Yeah, that was cool

Harry Strawson: ‘Rave’, 1 April 2021

Rave 
by Rainald Goetz, translated by Adrian NathanWest.
Fitzcarraldo, 263 pp., £12.99, July 2020, 978 1 913097 19 6
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... not too squeamish.) The same year, he published his first novel, Insane (also translated by Adrian NathanWest), about an idealistic psychiatrist named Wilhelm Raspe who spends his days in a Bavarian psychiatric ward and his nights pogoing desperately in beer-soaked punk bars (‘he wanted to party to ...

Something that Wasn’t There

Lili Owen Rowlands: Daddy Lacan, 20 June 2019

A Father: Puzzle 
by Sibylle Lacan, translated by Adrian NathanWest.
MIT, 92 pp., £20, July 2019, 978 0 262 03931 4
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... In​ 1949, when Sibylle Lacan and her older brother, Thibaut, were around nine and ten, Thibaut remembers travelling home from a visit to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne and seeing a car stop at a crossing. The children recognised the driver as their father, Jacques Lacan; they ran towards him, calling out. He caught sight of them, then started up the engine and drove away ...

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