Horse, Flower, Bird by Kate Bernheimer

By Kate Bernheimer

"Each of those spare and stylish stories jewelry like a bell on your head. memorable, unique, and never very like whatever you've read."—Karen pleasure Fowler

“A unusual and spell binding publication, written in crisp, successful sentences; every one tale begs to be learn aloud and savored.”—Aimee Bender

"Horse, Flower, Bird rests uneasily among the intersection of delusion and truth, dreaming and wakefulness, and the sacred and profane. Like a chain of gorgeous yet troubling desires, this publication will linger lengthy within the reminiscence. Kate Bernheimer is reinventing the fairy tale."—Peter dollar, R.E.M.

In Kate Bernheimer's common and spare—yet wondrous—world, an unique dancer builds her personal cage, a spouse has a tendency a mystery basement menagerie, a fishmonger's daughter befriends a tulip bulb, and sisters discover cycles of affection and violence by means of reenacting scenes from Star Wars.

Enthralling, sophisticated, and poetic, this assortment takes readers again to the age-old pleasures of vintage fairy stories and makes them new. Their haunting classes are an evocative reminder that cracking open the door to the mind's eye isn't any mere child's play, that satisfaction and tragedy lurk in each nook, and that all of us "have the most important to the library . . . in basic terms be cautious what you read."

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When he pressed his cheek against the trunk, he felt the tree trembling and he could imagine its top again swaying in the wind. The tree could not see either, and lived for centuries. It had a different way of living. Lorge went to it many times although people often laughed at him because he had a new lover. But after three weeks he had the horses harnessed and was driven by his neighbour. This neighbour was a friend of his. He had been away at the time when Lorge had lost his eyesight. When he now saw the pale fat clod in the rack-waggon, he became very confused and afraid of fate.

Why did it snap, what was the reason, eh, given that it hadn’t rained? Either a rope doesn’t hold, in which The Bavarian Stories (1920–1924) 53 case you can’t hang yourself with it, or else it does, in which case you have to pull it apart if it is supposed to have snapped. It had snapped, so this affair wasn’t a suicide. Don’t say a word, not yet; I know the murderer’s behaviour was most unusual, even apart from the way he pulled his victim down again – he was able to, the branch was thick, a thick branch – he showed himself in public, he shouted in the street for everyone to hear, in order to get a gentleman who had been in Java to come to the window by night with a candle in his hand.

When a child took him out for a walk it ran off to play and he was seized by a great fear and was not brought home till late at night. Then the brothers who had been worried about him laughed and said: ‘You must have been with a woman,’ and ‘We can’t get rid of you, you see’. They meant it as a joke, being glad to have him back again. That night he could not get to sleep for a long time. Those two sentences settled down like squatters and made themselves at home in his brain which had become as inhospitable to the brighter side of life as a house without windows is to cheerful lodgers.

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