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Read The President in Her Towers õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB µ Through the corridors of the Humanities and Sciences Towers of a university in southern Germany rumors are swirling about the President about her relationship with the Minister of Mysterium her strange projects the Head in Progress the Activated Eye and the GT daft satire of bureaucracy paranoia professional envy megalomania the madness of specialization and the absence of transparency as they infect the university and in general our institutionalized existence But Tom Whalen’s exuberant intelligent and wryly allusive fiction is also an example – rare in our deadly serious literature – of the marvelous a headlong adventure in storytelling reminding us that writing needs no other justification than the esprit of a writer obedient to a high manic imagination To read Whalen’s book is a pleasure well beyond the ordinary; it is in fact to bear witness to a prodigious act of creation I am grateful to him for having written it and to Ellipsis Press for having published it” –Norman Loc. I had the good fortune to read THE PRESIDENT IN HER TOWERS in manuscript form a few years ago and it stuck with me so vividly that I knew it'd get nabbed up by a great press like Ellipsis Few books combine sharp satire and true dread so successfullyWhat is it that the German student today prefers to do He or she prefers to stare out their windows upon the gray sky whether it is snowing or not always a gray sky a gray cloud rises above the Towers of the University one above the Humanities Tower and another above the Sciences Tower The German student today prefers not to study the composition of this gray cloud he or she prefers to simply stare out the window of his or her attic room and dream of being somewhere else Books line the room of the student books that are reuired reading at the University but in truth these books are often than not written in a language comprehensible to no one but the initiated and the German student today has yet to be initiated into the language of these books Herein lies a fault or divide or great abyss of the system but alas the German student today appears unwilling even to attempt a crossing of this abyss or to take a leap over or into it The German student today dreams if he is male of a music that he has never heard before a music that will serve as a key into the higher spheres without his first having to work his way up through the system as his professors and the President have done And if she is female then the German student today dreams of dying in the arms of a cloud in the shape of a minotaurElements of this university may be otherworldly but its shadowy bureaucracy will be familiar to anyone who has ever worked for a college I love this book

The President in Her TowersT daft satire of bureaucracy paranoia professional envy megalomania the madness of specialization and the absence of transparency as they infect the university and in general our institutionalized existence But Tom Whalen’s exuberant intelligent and wryly allusive fiction is also an example – rare in our deadly serious literature – of the marvelous a headlong adventure in storytelling reminding us that writing needs no other justification than the esprit of a writer obedient to a high manic imagination To read Whalen’s book is a pleasure well beyond the ordinary; it is in fact to bear witness to a prodigious act of creation I am grateful to him for having written it and to Ellipsis Press for having published it” –Norman Loc. I had the good fortune to read THE PRESIDENT IN HER TOWERS in manuscript form a few years ago and it stuck with me so vividly that I knew it'd get nabbed up by a great press like Ellipsis Few books combine sharp satire and true dread so successfullyWhat is it that the German student today prefers to do He or she prefers to stare out their windows upon the gray sky whether it is snowing or not always a gray sky a gray cloud rises above the Towers of the University one above the Humanities Tower and another above the Sciences Tower The German student today prefers not to study the composition of this gray cloud he or she prefers to simply stare out the window of his or her attic room and dream of being somewhere else Books line the room of the student books that are reuired reading at the University but in truth these books are often than not written in a language comprehensible to no one but the initiated and the German student today has yet to be initiated into the language of these books Herein lies a fault or divide or great abyss of the system but alas the German student today appears unwilling even to attempt a crossing of this abyss or to take a leap over or into it The German student today dreams if he is male of a music that he has never heard before a music that will serve as a key into the higher spheres without his first having to work his way up through the system as his professors and the President have done And if she is female then the German student today dreams of dying in the arms of a cloud in the shape of a minotaurElements of this university may be otherworldly but its shadowy bureaucracy will be familiar to anyone who has ever worked for a college I love this book

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The President in Her Towers ☆ Through the corridors of the Humanities and Sciences Towers of a university in southern Germany rumors are swirling about the President about her relationship with the Minister of Mysterium her strange projects the Head in Progress the Activated Eye and the Gestation Chamber her bizarre decrees and midnight meetings with the deans These and other affairs the narrator the President’s personal assistant must investigate and report onBut for Thomas sometimes known as Herr Abjectus Gehülfe Ausländer Niemand among other names hired straight from his job as a pump jockey at Chet Darling’s Downtown Mobil Station in Fordyce Arkansas this won’t be easy In the first place he’s a foreigner whose German isn’t exactly solid In the secon. In this surrealistic novel Whalen channels Invisible Cities and the dark satires of Gogol and Mrożek to create a disuieting and amusing story written in an opaue and simple style full of light comedy and fabulist fun The narrator works for Ihre Magnifizenz the President of a peculiar German university filing a “report” on the events leading up to her disappearance Populated by a cast of unusual Deans such as the Dean of Muscle Tone the Dean of Pessimism Overrun by Lapidary Meliorists and the Dean of I Can’t Take Any More the novel skews campus red tape and banality in a leftfield manner mostly through sly lists and wry humour while the rest of the novel is constructed like Calvino’s cities in small poetic chapters that run on their own surreal logic often funny but mostly poetical and strange The brevity and deft phrase turning in each chapter makes the book addictive and infinitely pleasurable to read despite the story falling too heavily into surrealism at times A beguiling novel characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Tom Whalen

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Tom Whalen ´ 6 Read D the President to whom he is dedicated has turned up missing And now there is a new rumor someone is planning to assassinate her“The stories that thrill us if we will only admit to their pleasures are the extravagant fantasies of an imagination at large in a universe whose dynamism is language and whose meaning lies as much in its own urge for creation as in ideas Thus Gogol Lewis Carroll Kafka Bruno Schulz Roussel Leonora Carrington Bioy Casares Ionesco Mrożek Lem Harry Mathews Calvino Kenneth Koch Donald Barthelme – and most recently Tom Whalen whose comic invention apparent lightness and gleeful malice have combined in his new novel to increase the fabulous literature of his predecessors’ The President in Her Towers is a def. The President in Her Tower attempts to be both an experimental novel set in a mysterious university and a satirization of bureaucracy in academia Of the two goals the first is accomplished albeit the result is nothing special but the second target was missed except for those with very specific life experiencesThe great authors who deal in surreal fiction rarely if ever deal in weird for the sake of weird Kafka Borges Calvino Buzzati Perutz all have strangeness in their writing but it always exists for a purpose It is the decidedly second tier authors that pile on the randomness without apparent purpose beyond padding out the story David Ohle Shane Jones and Michael Cisco all do this though the latter has his moments and the result is chunks of text that make your eyes glaze over since the content is nonsense both in the real world and in the context of the story Tom Whalen belongs to this second tier of surreal writers who sprinkles his pages with tidbits like February 22nd is the birthday of the idea from which sprung this institution's conception from the mind of a dark traveller when he glimpsed moonlight in a mountain pool beneath him as he crossed the Hugo Mountain Does this tidbit ever return for any importance to the story No Does it somehow enhance the themes of the novel No It just exists to communicate that the university is a mysterious place something established ad nauseam earlier in the novel If you were to go through this novel and cross out every superfluous instance where Whalen drops in a passage showing you how bizarre the university or the President or the other deans are you'd lose a uarter of the novel The result isn't terrible it just causes this short novel to drag and leaves you feeling as though you've wasted time by reading every stroke of strangeness layered onAs a satire of academic bureaucracy I didn't think this book worked but to be fair I might not be in the target audience I've never worked on the administration side of a university I have however attended university then graduate school and then another graduate school so I have experience in that world I've also worked four different government jobs at various levels meaning I've had my fair share of dealing with bureaucracy as well Despite this experience the satirical aspect of this novel never struck home for me It's certainly doable to have a surreal situation that nevertheless communicates the bizarre and frustrating ways that real world institutions operate we've all read Kafka but Whalen's world of an all powerful and possibly supernatural university President and the strange projects she directs alongside a host of deans all plotting her downfall never spoke to me about working in that field much less the nature of power and institutions generally If you have to have experience specifically with the field of academic administration to get something out of this satire I submit the book has failed as a satirical work The specific the universal after all the satire in this work is not general enough for anyone to understand and it isn't specific enough to feel universal Overall give this a try if you have worked in academic administration and you're in the mood for a work of experimental fiction of the weird for the sake of weird variety If you only meet the latter reuirement then you're better off reading some of the Calvino you haven't read yet or trying out some Buzzati As someone who doesn't much care for weird for the sake of weird and who hasn't worked for the narrow sliver of society this satire works for I found it to be a flop