Lind, Jakov

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Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), in the UK from 1954; his most famous books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of Wood 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as Landscape in Concrete 1964) – are grotesque Satires based on his experiences as a Jew in hiding during, and utilizing a deep overall knowledge of, World War Two. These works have evoked comparisons with two Czech writers of interregnum and doom, Franz Kafka in general and Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), for The Good Soldier Schweik (1923); like almost all Czech writers of his set of mind, Lind is deadpan, blackly funny, extremely desperate. Two late novels – Travels to the Enu: Story of a Shipwreck (1982) and The Inventor (1987) – are sf; the first compactly combines Fantastic Voyage and Island Utopia, again applying grotesque twists to the story of Western civilization; the second more flatly examines similar territories. Both books were written in English. [JC]

Heinz Jakov Landwirth

born Vienna, Austria: 10 February 1927

died London: 16 February 2007

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