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By Jakov Lind

Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), within the united kingdom from 1954; his most renowned books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of wooden 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as panorama in Concrete 1964) – are gruesome Satires according to his studies as a Jew in hiding in the course of, and using a deep total wisdom of, global warfare . those works have evoked comparisons with Czech writers of interregnum and doom, Franz Kafka typically and Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), for the great Soldier Schweik (1923); like just about all Czech writers of his set of brain, Lind is deadpan, blackly humorous, tremendous determined. past due novels – Travels to the Enu: tale of a Shipwreck (1982) and The Inventor (1987) – are sf; the 1st compactly combines awesome Voyage and Island Utopia, back applyi - See extra at:

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This ebook is a significant publishing occasion,
since it marks the reappearance o f a nice
writer, one o f the so much vital literary
figures o f the Sixties. And what a reappear­-
ance it is Travels to the Enu is a savage
satire, consistently hilarious and often fairly a
bit extra, modelled after speedy, yet uniquely
a booklet for this time.
Trapped on a excitement cruise in circum­-
stances tantamount to a mass hijack and
cast adrift on an island formerly recorded
only in the writings o f an eighteenth-
century Portuguese vacationer, the hero of
Jakov Lind’s pleasing and provocative
story encounters a race o f women and men
whose affinities with the area o f birds are
striking yet maybe simply pores and skin deep.

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Yet for us to take you alongside we'd like a b oat. ’ ‘W e Enu m ustn’ t contact sea w ater or whatever that touches sea water. W e as a result don’t understand how to make boats, if we ever d identity . ’ ‘Then permit me a tree trunk to construct our personal b oat. ’ ‘A ll in solid time. I shall contemplate it. First comes the legislation. First come our “ regulations for Im m igrants and T em porary viewers” . First o f all let’s have a try-out o f weeks w ithout meals or water, through extra weeks o f the sam e; when you continue to exist the 1st . A fter a month, we m ight use you within the A rm y Engineering Corps, construction bridges and tunnels, and that sort o f factor. W e want all of the brains we will be able to get. N ow adays there aren't any brains. G od understands the place they're. W e are combating a wasting conflict opposed to the d u p a . Y ou glance as though you ’d by no means heard o f them, a tribe o f belliger­ ent adult females occupying h o s a , the top top within the kingdom. From their inaccessible bases within the m ountain crevices, those girl monsters raid our farms, abduct our males and kids, kill our farm animals, ruin m ilitary outposts, knife and strangle all m ale visitors, and make all our trips detrimental. ’ ‘H ow m a n y d u p a are t h e r e ? ’ ‘T w o or 3 l a ok h s . ’ ‘H ow m uch is a l a okay h ? ’ ‘Either one or two-hundred thousand, I ’m unsure. ’ ‘H ow m any population has your nation, counting either neighbors and enem ies? ’ ‘H a lf a l a ok h , I should still imagine. ’ ‘H ow can there be or 3 l a ok h s o f rebels whilst the entire inhabitants is lower than 1 / 4 o f it? ’ ‘H ow ? I don’ t understand. proof converse for themselves. T h e coun­ test is in a large number. five ‘ I f you feed us, either o f us, w e’ll assist you opposed to the entire d u p a , yet no longer on em pty stomachs, sire. ’ i assumed T revo r used to be doing relatively good w ithout m y aid, yet the entire comparable, i wished so as to add that he shouldn’ t hesitate to inform the okay in g that, like somebody else who has a mouth complete forty nine o f theories, we w ould, o f direction, while it cam e to it, aid him in each w ay and in each struggle. (W e weren't pacifists, both o f us. ) A n d inform him that we think in wars that may be gained. T h e difficulty with the w ar he’s scuffling with is its unpre­ dictable outcom e. H ence it may be refrained from in any respect charges. T e ll him that too. T h e ok in g should have been analyzing m y brain while he addressed T revo r: ‘ M r Lunt. sooner than you opt to head out and kill d u p a in trade in your day-by-day ration o f m consume and rice, I recommend you reassess the knowledge o f our decree. D ur­ ing your quarantine at the seashore you w unwell have am ple time to examine the horrors o f w ar that you simply ’d face the day I allow you to out o f confinement. T h e w ay we kill right here, with claws and the teeth, m ight now not, I worry, be in your style. W e Enu rejected w ar machines and ballistic missiles rather it slow in the past. W e think in having a look our sufferer s immediately within the eye prior to we strangle them and we're taught find out how to face the enemy with out blinking an eyelid. N ow that we now not w age wars among males, yet basically opposed to the feminine o f our species aside from the fucking h u r r u , these petty b a sta rd s-m a y G od eliminate them from this universe, we pray, simply because we ourselves don’t look in a position to get rid o f them - eye touch has becom e the only technique o f enticing the enemy.

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