Volume of essays Botho Strauss: Under the Seven Stars – Culture

A self-quote is printed on the new book by Botho Strauss: “In the distance the little signal horns sound and warn that an explosion is imminent.” In the prose volume “Beginneress” (1992), from which the sentence comes, there was talk of the explosion in a ravine. Now the signal horns have lost their location, which made people think of quarries or dams. Your echo room is now the big picture of the present. What remains is the tension of expectation, the premonition of disruption. The quote hovers in curved curves above the author’s name and title: “The expedition to the guards and demolition masters. Critical prose.”