BIENEK, Horst. BERRIGAN, Daniel, intro. MAHLENDORF, Ursula, trans.
Title: Cell. Second Printing, hardcover in dustjacket.
Publisher:  McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1973, ISBN:0771014031
Seller ID: 109316
BIENEK, Horst. The Cell. Introduction by Daniel Berrigan. Translated from the German by Ursula Mahlendorf. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart Limited, (1973). Second Printing, thus. Pp. (6),[i]-viii,(6),9-93,(7). 8vo, blue-grey cloth with black lettering and decoration to front board, black letteringto spine. Spadoni & Donnelly 2414. "The theme of 'The Cell' is, on one pla ne, that of a prisoner confined alone in his cell, but the reader quickly senses that the cell is also the world, the broader theme that of the nameless Lazarus, Twentieth Century man, his cell the universe. We never learn the prisoner's name, nor of what crime he is accused. We learn only of his existential life in the cell. Of what he does to go on living day after day, day running into night, in his solitary confinement. His body, attacked by abcesses, gradually disintegrates, eventually confines him still more: to the straw pallet on his cot. Yet his spirit does not disintegrate; that is the mysterious power of this book. Experimental in form -- Bienek creates his form to suit his subject matter --, the novel is also concerned with Timeand Memory, a contemporary neo-Proustian concept. Its treatment in 'The Ce ll' lead reader and critic to feel that here is a work which is not only significant in its universality but one which is, as well, avant garde in thetruest meaning of those much misused words." - from the dj. Light spotting to top edge, else very good in lightly edge-worn, sticker-ghosted, lightly rubbed, price-clipped dustjacket. 20.00