The Nightwatches of BonaventuraBook - 2014
First published in German in 1804, under the nom de plume 'Bonaventura' --The Nightwatches of Bonaventura is a dark, twisted, and comic novel, one part Poe and one part Beckett. The narrator and antihero is not Bonaventura but a night watchman named Kreuzgang, a failed poet, actor, and puppeteer who claims to be the spawn of the devil himself. As a night watchman, Kreuzgang takes voyeuristic pleasure in spying on the follies of his fellow citizens, and every night he makes his rounds and stops to peer into a window or door, where he observes framed scenes of murder, despair, theft, romance, and other private activities. In his reactions, Kreuzgang is cynical and pessimistic, yet not without humor. For him, life is a grotesque, macabre, and base joke played by a mechanical and heartless force.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014.
Branch Call Number: FIC BONAVENTURA
Characteristics: xli, 162 pages ; 22 cm