A Monster's Notes by Laurie Sheck

By Laurie Sheck

What if Mary Shelley had now not invented Frankenstein’s monster yet had met him whilst she used to be a lady of 8, sitting through her mother’s grave, and he got here to her unbidden? What if their mystery bond left her ceaselessly replaced, keen about the unusual being whom she had found at a time of want? What if he have been nonetheless alive within the twenty-first century?

This daring, genre-defying publication brings us the “monster” in his personal phrases. He remembers how he was once “made” and the way Victor Frankenstein deserted him. He ponders the tragic story of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his lifestyles with that of Mary (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, besides these of her nineteenth-century intimates) during this riveting mixture of truth and poetic license. he is taking notes on all facets of human striving—from the track of John Cage to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own—as he attempts to appreciate the unusual race that made but shuns him, and to discover his personal freedom of mind.

In the process the monster’s musings, we additionally see Mary Shelley’s existence from her youth via her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her writing of Frankenstein, the births and deaths of her childrens, Shelley’s recognized drowning, her widowhood, her next travels and life’s paintings, and eventually her loss of life from a mind tumor at age fifty-four. The monster’s fierce bond with Mary and the story of ways he ended up in her fiction is a haunted, extreme love tale, a narrative of 2 beings who can always remember every one other.

A Monster’s Notes is Sheck’s such a lot exciting paintings thus far, a luminous meditation on creativity and know-how, on alienation and otherness, on ugliness and wonder, and on our have to be understood.

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Du mußt wissen, daß keiner von uns auf der Mühle den Mädchen Glück bringt. Ich weiß nicht, woran das liegt und ich will dir auch keine Angst machen. Solltest du aber jemals ein Mädchen lieb haben, Krabat, dann laß dir's nicht anmerken. « fragte Krabat. »Ich weiß es nicht«, sagte Tonda. »Ich weiß nur, daß Worschula noch am Leben wäre, hätte ich ihren Namen für mich behalten. Ich habe das erst erfahren, als es zu spät war. Du aber, Krabat - du weißt es nun und du weißt es rechtzeitig: gib, wenn du je ein Mädchen hast, ihren Namen nicht preis auf der Mühle!

Krabat beeilte sich, tappte zur Bodentür, öffnete. Licht drang von unten herauf, im Hausflur hörte er Stimmen, das Klappern von Holzschuhen. Unruhe überkam ihn, er zögerte, hielt den Atem an - doch dann gab er sich einen Ruck und drei Stufen auf einmal nehmend, lief er hinunter. Am Ende des Flures standen die elf Gesellen. Die Tür zu der Schwarzen Kammer stand offen, der Meister saß hinter dem Tisch. Wie damals, bei Krabats Ankunft, lag wieder das dicke, in Leder eingebundene Buch vor - 29 - ihm; es fehlte auch nicht der Totenkopf mit der brennenden roten Kerze; nur daß der Meister jetzt nicht mehr bleich im Gesicht war, das hatte sich in der Zwischenzeit längst gegeben.

Ruft der Kretschmer, wie er uns kommen sieht, ›der Herr Vetter aus Kamenz! ‹ ›Dem können wir abhelfend, meint der Kretschmer. ›Komm in die Schankstube an den Herrentisch! « Andrusch spießte ein großes Stück Speck aufs Messer und schnupperte dran, bevor er es in den Mund schob und fortfuhr: »Sie haben mich in den Stall gebracht, der Kretschmer von Oßling hat nach der Stallmagd gerufen. ‹ - ›Schon recht‹, - 52 - sagt die Kathel und stopft mir auch gleich einen Arm voll Heu in die Raufe. « rief Krabat.

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