Unruly Bridal Bed, the and Other Grotesques
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Originally published in 1921, The Unruly Bridal Bed brings together ten indefinable tales that include "Tobias and the Prune", "Plant Paternity", "The Dissolute Nose", "Fried Sphinx Meat" and "The Great Gold-Plated Flea". Salomo Friedlaender here displays his unique brand of philosophical slapstick that blends fairytale technology with proto-metafiction and at times unsettling meditations on fornicating plants, aristocratic eugenics, hermaphroditism, and our excremental sun. With its companion volume of grotesques, My Papa and the Maid of Orleans, this collection offers a perfect introduction to the great German humourist's work. Mentioned in his day in the same breath as Kafka, Mynona, a.k.a. Salomo Friedlaender (1871-1946), was a perfectly functioning split personality: a philosopher by day (author of Friedrich Nietzsche: An Intellectual Biography and Kant for Kids) and a literary absurdist by night, who composed black-humored tales he called Grotesken. His friends and fans included Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin and Karl Kraus. He died in Paris, ill and in poverty, after Thomas Mann refused to help him emigrate to the United States.
ISBN 9781939663269. Wakefield Press.