Rainer J. Hanshe
"A visionary novel of dangerous ideas" — Stuart Kendall
Spring 2032: an enigmatic bandleader named Triboulet arrives by helicopter in Rome, where his carnivalesque troupe awaits with a legion of animals and unruly kids. When provoking states of joyous panic through their ritualistic acts, the troupe’s arrival proves restorative, for the world is beset with famines, plagues, and religious conflicts, which Triboulet seeks to neutralize with freeing laughter. As he and his troupe begin constructing strange edifices in the Eternal City, sacred sites around the world suffer terrible, often beguiling forms of vandalism, and rumors abound that the Christ has actually finally returned.
Although radical Islamic sects claim responsibility for the vandalism, the culprits remain unknown: is it the Jihadists, anarcho-atheist intellectuals, or eco-terrorists? Religious and political authorities grow leery of the troupe and suspicious of Triboulet, whose true identity remains a mystery. The very future of the world is at stake, and while touring Israel during Christmas, Triboulet and his raucous band of pranksters bear witness to the world’s pivotal crossing into a new reality.
Albert Camus noted that ‘the metaphysics of the worst’ expresses itself in a literature of damnation and argued that ‘we have still not yet found the exit’ from such literature. With his second novel, Hanshe has found the way out, offering in fact something not only promising, but astounding, a pathway that is into a new reality, into a ‘physics of the best.’ The Abdication is a true ero(t)icomic epic.
Final "Chaos of Letters" pages designed by Federico Gori
Rainer J. Hanshe
The Abdication (2012)
For the Italian translation of The Abdication, visit Feltrinelli.
Our other Hanshe books include:
Shattering the Muses, The Abdication, and the translations High Solitude, The Creativity of the Crisis, Paris Spleen, Belgium Stripped Bare, Conversations in the Pyrenees, Innocent, Army of Shadows, My Heart Laid Bare, and Marginalia on Casanova (introduction). As editor and introducer: Fragments, Towards the One & Only Metaphor, Plays with Films.