Drilling through Hard Boards

133 Political Stories

Alexander Kluge

Drilling through Hard Boards

Alexander Kluge

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Wieland Hoban
With a Contribution by Reinhard Jirgl. Translated by Iain Galbraith
 
232 pages | 5 1/2 x 7 3/4
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780857424280 Will Publish April 2017 World sales rights except India
Max Weber famously described politics as “a strong, slow drilling through hard boards with both passion and judgment.” Taking this as his inspiration, Alexander Kluge brings readers yet another literary masterpiece. Drilling through Hard Boards is a kaleidoscopic meditation on the tools available to those who struggle for power. Weber’s metaphorical drill certainly embodies intelligent tenacity as a precondition for political change. But what is a hammer in the business of politics, Kluge wonders, and what is a subtle touch? Eventually, we learn that all questions of politics lead to a single one: what is political in the first place? 

In the book, Kluge masterfully unspools more than one hundred vignettes, through which it becomes clear that the political is more often than not personal. Politics are everywhere in our everyday lives, so along with the stories of major political figures, we also find here the small, mostly unknown ones: Elfriede Eilers alongside Pericles, Chilean miners next to Napoleon, a three-month-old baby beside Alexander the Great. Drilling through Hard Boards is not just Kluge’s newest fiction, it is a masterpiece of political thought.
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