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Luxembourg Short Stories

Every Day Just Hides Another

Gast Groeber

Luxembourg Short Stories

Every Day Just Hides Another

Gast Groeber

Author

Gast Groeber (1960) is a pedagogical and administrative worker and writes for young people and adults. Although he has been writing for a long time, he did not start his first publications until he was fifty years old. All six of his books were shortlisted for the Luxembourg Literature Prize, and he was awarded the EU Prize for Literature in 2016.

Overview

Each of the nine short stories is about a moment in the life of the protagonist, which forces him to reflect on the meaning of his life so far or to look at the world from a completely new perspective. The stories are written in contemporary but also rhythmic, partly also experimental language, which seeks to evoke a plastic experience of characters by the reader, while at the same time painting Luxembourg’s everyday life.

Praise

‘Gast Groeber’s short stories in Every Day Just Hides Another put the focus on characters that increasingly distance themselves from their usual surroundings. The story ‘A Village Idyll’ describes the life of a man who has been ostracized by the villagers ever since he ran over a boy with his car. Groeber smartly shows how the real circumstances of the accident, which have an essential influence on our moral judgement, are no longer taken into consideration at all once the culprit is found. Groeber’s description of the threat to the individual by the Others is also cleverly done: in these stories, it is never clear from the start whether the threat is merely imaginary or very real. Interpersonal relations float between the superficial and a precarious intimacy.

What should be highlighted in Every Day Just Hides Another is the obvious desire to achieve a consistent topical conception that only a few texts don’t follow. Groeber also aims at a decidedly literate, yet always natural language, which is quite an achievement given the limited stock of role models. The attempt for example to construe a character perspective using only impersonal phrases and infinitives that the author makes in ‘The Unbearable Weight of Waiting’ is utterly successful.’

Elise Schmit – D’Lëtzebuerger Land on 5 June 2015