|| Book Club || Superabundance By Heinz Helle
For book club this month, we tried to move away from stories of women trying to find freedom (which was becoming a bit of a theme) and picked the first book from German author Heinz Helle. As usual, if I were you I would read the book before looking at these questions. Just a suggestion, I don't want to ruin anything!
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE BOOK
- He was born in 1978.
- He studied Philosophy in Munich and New York.
- He works as in advertising copy-writer.
- He is a graduate of the Swiss Institute of Literature in Biel, where he lives.
- Superabundance was originally written in German and is also known by its literal translated title : The soothing sound of exploding kerosene (The Reassuring Sound of Exploding Kerosene).
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
The narrator has no name. What effect does this have on your reading of the book and connection with this character?
The first scene in the book describes a young boy playing football - what is going on here? Why did Helle choose this as the opening scene?
Football comes up a few times in this book, are there any parallels that you an draw - for example football/masculinity, football/community?
Consciousness and perception are ongoing themes in this book. What is Helle saying about them?
Helle's style is repetitive, he presents a lot of lists and uses many short, sharp sentences. He also writes cyclical lines such as "The words in my head do not exist, I tell myself with the words in my head." What is the effect of his style?
Do you like the nameless creator? Do you think he is funny or just downright awful? How important is likability for a powerful narrative?
Each chapter has a title, some are pulled from somewhere in that chapter but some do not and are actually at odds with the content of that chapter (see p83 'I wonder if I should quit smoking'). Why does Helle do this? Are the chapter headings useful?