Two or Three Years Later: Forty-Nine Digressions (Paperback)
Open Letter Books, 9781934824702, 142pp.
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Working in the traditions of Robert Walser, Robert Pinget, and Laurence Sterne, Ror Wolf creates strangely entertaining and condensed stories that call into question the very nature of what makes a story a story. Almost an anti-book, Two or Three Years Later: Forty-Nine Digressions takes as its basis the small, diurnal details of life, transforming these oft-overlooked ordinary experiences of nondescript people in small German villages into artistic meditations on ambiguity, repetition, and narrative.
Incredibly funny and playful, Two or Three Years Later is unlike anything you've ever read, from German or any other language. These stories of men observing other men, of men who may or may not have been wearing a hat on a particular Monday (or was it Tuesday?), are delightful word-puzzles that are both intriguing and enjoyable.
Ror Wolf is an artist, an author of prose and poetry, and a writer of radio plays and 'radio collages'. His writing has earned him many awards, including Radio Play of the Year, the Kassel Literature Prize for Grotesque Humor, and the Literature Award of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.
Jennifer Marquart studied German and translation at the University of Rochester. She has lived, continued her studies, and taught in Cologne and Berlin.