In this lecture novelist and critic Mark von Schlegell hopes to return to you from a recent immersion into the works of Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) with various reports of rather miraculous news items concerning mis-readings of Roussel, and their implications in the history of art, the avant-garde etc. -- or perhaps only another romance. Let yourself be the judge!
Mark von Schlegell is the author of the novels Venusia, Mercury Station and the forthcoming Sundogz from Semiotext(e) as well as of two books of literary theory, Realometer and Dreaming the Mainstream, from Merve Verlag, Berlin. His stories and essays occupy art publications over the world. Von Schlegell has directed the Pure Fiction Seminar at Staedelschule, Frankfurt since 2012. Among other things the seminar has published three experimental fiction compendia. The latest and most ambitious of these -- Dysfyction -- will be available (at possible discount) at the lecture.