Moss, by Klaus Modick

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The protagonist of Modick’s quietly stunning novel is a renowned botanist who only in the last nine months of his long life truly understands the lessons of his obsession with moss. Secluded in his childhood home, he prepares for his ultimate field study by recalling key moments of his career and marveling at the habits of myriad varieties of moss—all the while feeling himself grow colder and “softer,” as if turning to moss himself. Nudged by his reflections, as well as by direct communication from the vegetation, the professor rejects the “fixed concepts” of science he’d previously championed as the only path to the truth in favor of a child-like intuition that, flying in the face of objectivity and analysis, allows him to experience--not just study--nature’s great beauty and mystery. Presented as an addendum to the professor’s magnum opus, this diary-like narrative operates with the slow power and lyricism of true discovery.

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By Klaus Modick, David Herman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781942658726
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 25th, 2020

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