Short stories from Switzerland’s architect of the noological enigma. “Jurg Laederach captures the spirit of the new Europe. Characters vanish, reappear. There is something relentlessabout the buildup… Everything is transitory. Everything is on the verge of being discarded. Everything resonateswith an imminent change.” – Walter Abish
Written after the Swiss writer Jurg Laederach’s third trip to New York in the late 1980s, 69 Ways was hailed by award-winning author Walter Abish as a text predictive of “a Europe to come, when borders dissolve.” Like Alain-Robbe Grillet, Georges Perec, and the great Oulipo writers, Laederach constructs seamless narratives based on sly compositional strategies. The reader is only somewhat aware of the rules of the game. Transposed to America, Laederach’s texts, Abish argues, “function as a scanning device. Characters vanish, reappear. There is something relentless. Everything is transitory. No sentimentality. No clinging to the past. Everything is on the verge of being discarded. Everything is on the verge of dissolution. Everything resonates with imminent change.”
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