Characters in Search of an Author. Maria Stahlie’s Engagement
(Kees ’t Hart) The Low Countries – 2017, №25, pp. 150-157
“Hey, you there!” Wake up! Get to work! The character Maud Labeur addresses her writer, Maria Stahlie. The characters want to get back to work, be characters again, they want to be involved again. Incidentally you can also interpret this cry as an appeal from Stahlie to the reader. Hey, you there, the reader of this book, pay attention, wake up, I’ve got something to tell you. Stahlie does not want to become engaged with what happens to be in fashion, no political engagement then. She wants disruptions, experiences, enchantments, transformations, the wide ocean of literature. The key word to her oeuvre is saving. In the last instance, Stahlie of course wants to save the world via her characters, although she will probably go on denying this. Wake up! Read this work. Be amazed.
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