It is always beneficial to reflect on literature in basic and unusual contexts instead of categorizing it in terms of writing and reading – and Thomas Stangl is a master of this art.
His texts focus on the space of literature, on the secret of not standing for anything, on loneliness that evades the social sphere, on the indeterminacy that literature inhabits and thrives on, on revolutionary hopes and confusing literature with politics, on the one moment that makes everything seem possible, on the obligation to be »absolutely modern« and »find this border to see that there is nothing behind it«. Principal witnesses for Stangl’s argumentations and reflections are Peter Weiss, Inger Christensen, Maurice Blanchot, Peter Waterhouse, Chris Marker or Jean-Luc Godard.
»Stangl is opening doors to literature that keep closed elsewhere.« (Peter Pisa, Kurier)
»For those who want to know what reading and writing could mean to us and what books can tell us: read this collection of essays!« (Jochen Schimmang, taz)
»These essays are revolutionary implosions that are able to open a space of political position and ask for an aestetics of resistance.« (Insa Wilke, Süddeutsche Zeitung)