the short story project


Karsten Kredel On:

Gethsemane by Ralf Rothmann

This story is a marvel, and I really can’t say much more about it than that it’s unsettling, very beautiful, of perfect clarity and yet as mysterious as life itself – or as mysterious as we perceive it to be in the best books we encounter. As Ralf Rothmann himself once put it: ‘Literature, then, happens when the unsaid remains present in what is said, when it resonates in a way that seems dreamlike despite its distinctiveness and relieves us of feeling divided. It is for this reason that the state of reading is often so blissful; we effortlessly accomplish the impossible, uniting the so-called subject with the so-called object: we are completely focused, right there, and yet somewhere else.’