Herr F

Momus (Nick Currie)


Book, 428 p., language : English, German, publisher : Fiktion, Berlin, ISBN : 978-3-944818-66-5.
Materials: ink, paper

Literary synopsis

Herr F (Everything Living Forever Is Screaming Forever) is a literary adaptation of the Faust story by the artist, musician and author Momus. The hero of the novel, a failed writer, uses his pact with the devil to loose upon humanity the world’s most boring book. Herr F is an experimental narrative about bargaining for immortality soaked in abstracted ideas of German-language literature, drawn mostly from English translations of twentieth-century figures like Brecht, Kafka, Rilke, Klee, Fassbinder, and Adorno.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

On January 14, 2015, Momus presented a staged reading of excerpts from Herr F in The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, at the book’s premiere. Questions around the role of Gretchen were answered to the accompaniment of a painting performance by the artist and singer Sarah Midori Perry. One of the book’s characters, Hagen Verleger, a graphic artist who rises to pontifical stature in Rome, designed a cover for Herr F live before the audience.

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Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: Reading Performance.

Genre: Gothic, Satire.

Publishing: Digital Format, Publishing House.

Theme: Death, Fame.

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