Out of the Line of Fire Wolfi Sch nborn self confessed Wunderkind chose as his PhD thesis Reality Beyond the Limits of Perception Wolfi didn t think much of limits Or reality Then Wolfi vanished leaving a fellow student a

  • Title: Out of the Line of Fire
  • Author: Mark Henshaw
  • ISBN: 9780349100890
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wolfi Sch nborn, self confessed Wunderkind, chose as his PhD thesis Reality Beyond the Limits of Perception Wolfi didn t think much of limits Or reality.Then Wolfi vanished leaving a fellow student a pile of photographs, letters, philosophical notes and sexual passages.Narrator and reader are left to piece together, clue by clue, a bizarre patchwork of intellectualWolfi Sch nborn, self confessed Wunderkind, chose as his PhD thesis Reality Beyond the Limits of Perception Wolfi didn t think much of limits Or reality.Then Wolfi vanished leaving a fellow student a pile of photographs, letters, philosophical notes and sexual passages.Narrator and reader are left to piece together, clue by clue, a bizarre patchwork of intellectual brilliance, deviant sexuality, farcical horror and wilful innocence to reveal at last, stripped of illusion, the final bare reality that is Wolfi Or is it Detective story, Bildungsroman, sexual chronicle and philosophical odyssey Out of the line of fire is a multi layered masterpiece the most highly praised Australian novel since Peter Carey s Illywhacker.

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    1. I really loved this metafictional, psycho-philosophical striptease from Canberra writer Mark Henshaw, which I bought at Perth airport and proceeded to devour in a single day, tearing through most of it in one gulp during a bumpy flight to Melbourne. It's been a long time since I had the opportunity to read a book so devotedly, and it made me think about how much the circumstances in which we read a book can affect the way we react to it. This is a not inapposite reflection, since one of the thin [...]

    2. A novel about the usual…… life, death, love, sex, the ever nagging [bohrende] question about truth vs. fiction, the impossibility of language to abstract from experience and thought, and, finally: translation, because the book is in small parts written in German (with English translations added to demonstrate the point.) I suggest that you don’t believe everything you perceive in here; the narrators (one Australian, one Austrian) seem unreliable.I picked the book under the assumption I wou [...]

    3. Ah, back when you could write a perfectly realistic story and surround it with a meta-narrative framework and felt fresh! I don't remember the days, but I'm sure they existed, and Henshaw writes so cleanly and amusingly that I can even forgive him the genuinely precious moments. I have no idea how this novel would sit with someone even less familiar than I am with Henshaw's discussion group (Musil, Calvino, Kant, etc) But if you have some idea what those fellows were up to, you might enjoy this [...]

    4. ‘A dazzling debut. A tour de force. This book is imaginative, virtuosic, and awesomely assured. It is compulsive reading.’Don Anderson‘Experimental, extraordinary…Out of the Line of Fire, published in 1988, remains one of my favourite Australian novels.’Stephen Romei, Australian‘An Australian writer heads to Germany, where he gets strong doses of philosophy, violence, taboo sex, and unreliable narration…The novel feels like an id laid bare, and Henshaw keeps the story in line while [...]

    5. A really nice discovery of an Australian author I hadn't heard of before. This 1988 metafictional novel was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin that year and has been revived by the Text Classics imprint. It focuses on an Austrian philosophy student living in Germany and his unusual family and is very fragmentary in form. Henshaw has only just recently published his second novel after all these years and I'll been keen to check it out.

    6. The narrator (Henshaw?) befriends Wolfi (Wolfgang) Schonborn, an enigmatic Austrian student of philosophy, when they are studying together at a university in Heidelberg, around 1980.Wolfi begins to relate his life story, and from the beginning we suspect that Wolfi may be an unreliable witness to his own life.Wolfi disappears at about the time the narrator returns to his native Australia, but soon after he receives in the mail a box of papers and photographs from Wolfi, accompanied by a cryptica [...]

    7. This novel has a unique structure, at least in the 3/4 of it that I read: it begins with a story about the narrator’s friend, then moves on to excerpts from the friend’s diary and philosophy thesis, and then further stories within stories told by others. But finding the prose nothing special, the novel increasingly less successful (especially the story about the friend's damaging relationship with a narcissist), I finally put it down.

    8. This brilliant work of metafiction has everything! Unreliable narrators, exotic world locations, sex, drugs, murder, family secrets, and a bunch of philosophy!?! Fans of Italo Calvino will love this book (just read the first two pages to get hooked). This hidden Australian classic was an absolutely great reading experience for me and I look to reread this someday.

    9. How could I resist a novel that opens with the purloined line: “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler” and then invokes the name of Walter Abish, one of my favorite writers? "Out of the Line of Fire" reads like a compelling mystery, except that it is laced with bite-sized doses of philosophy drawn from the likes of Kant, Husserl, Hegel, and Wittgenstein. Most of the quotations that Henshaw extracts from their writings deal with the br [...]

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