On the precipice

Adam Ouston’s Bernhardian début
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August 2022, no. 445
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Waypoints by Adam Ouston

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On the precipice

Adam Ouston’s Bernhardian début
by
August 2022, no. 445

In 1908, on 11 September (an ominous day for the changing nature of planes in our dreams), Franz Kafka and Max Brod travelled to Brescia in Italy to watch Louis Blériot fly a plane. For Kafka, and probably most in the crowd, this was the first opportunity to witness a human crawl into a machine and, like something out of Greek Myth, fly towards the Mediterranean sun. Kafka and Brod decided to record their observations. Brod saw the pilot draw inspiration from the adoring crowd. Blériot ‘was being lifted on high by the mounting murmur of the thousands’. Kafka, sensing the crowd’s devoted gaze, had a different impression, ‘twenty meters above the earth a person is trapped in a wooden construction, fighting a voluntary and invisible danger. And we are down here, crowded and insubstantial, watching.’

J.J. Errington reviews 'Waypoints' by Adam Ouston

Waypoints

by Adam Ouston

Splice, $ 29.95 pb, 173 pp

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