Doing the Fosbury Flop. Gerrit Krol's Literary High-Jump (with two Poems and an Extract by Gerrit Krol)
(Ad Zuiderent) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 177-188
The graphic artist M.C. Escher became famous for ‘impossible' objects such as his ‘impossible cube', a three-dimensional image that only ‘works' because it is projected onto a two-dimensional plane surface. Krol is Escher's literary counterpart; he uses language to portray human relationships and human endeavour, and he does so mainly by projecting one situation onto another: murder onto mathematics, daily life onto science, sex onto eternity, etc. In doing so he allows us to believe in the impossible. He is a great writer. And not yet lost in translation.
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