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|Title No: 76856
Extent: 202 pp
Matthes & Seitz Berlin (March 2013)
LONERS opens up a magic cabinet of mesmerizing characters. Hermit or prophet, king or jester, traitor, gambler, arist, drunk, they are all alone, lonely, left behind and lost to the world. Wolfgang Sofsky tells of people outside of society, outcast, lost, deceived, confused or enlightened.
Sofsky's prose debut not only presents a collection of curios, it is also a stylistic jewel, intense and of raw elegance, full of references and symbols. His tales remind the reader of pictures, motifs or characters in various arts, who gain a meaning entirely their own. Some resemble meditations that for a moment coalesce into action, others resemble parables or small dramas with a tragic ending.
Wolfgang Sofsky is a sociologist, journalist and writer. He was professor of sociology at Göttingen and Erfurt universities, and contributes regularly to papers such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Die Welt etc. His habilitation »Die Ordnung des Terrors - Das Konzentrationslager« was published in several languages and awarded the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis in 1993.