LEONARDO'S HANDS by Alois Hotschnig


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This prizewinning (1992) Austrian novel employs a variety of conflicting voices and narrative forms to examine the conscience and evolving sensibility of Kurt Weyrath, a young engineer whose involvement in an automobile accident leads him to assume a new life—of dedication to the care of another survivor, Anna, a young woman left comatose. The novel is hauntingly, and sometimes frustratingly, fragmentary—but Hotschnig efficiently paints a quietly convincing picture of people banished to the very fringes of their own lives, and a world implacably ruled—despite our best efforts to engage it—by accident.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1999
ISBN: 0-8032-2387-0
Page count: 146pp
Publisher: Univ. of Nebraska
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999