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- Description<i> The Pig is the Sun.... </i> So begins Oskar Panizza's outrageously heretical and massively erudite essay on the pig, originally published in 1900 in his journal <i>Zurich Discussions</i>. Moving from the Rig Veda to the Edda to Ovid, from the story of Tristan and Isolde to Nordic celebrations of Christmas, from Grimms' fairytales to Swedish folklore to Judeo-Egyptian dietary restrictions, the author contends, through painstakingly philological argumentation, that the miraculous swine occupies a central, celestial position as the life-giving force animating the entire universe, usurping the place of God as the beginning and end of all things. <br/><b>Oskar Panizza</b> (1853-1921) was a German psychiatrist turned avant-garde author. In 1894 he published his torious play <i>The Love Council</i>: A Heavenly Tragedy in Five Acts that depicted the spread of syphilis among humanity in 1492 through a senile god, an idiot Christ, a promiscuous Mary and a depraved Pope Alexander VI. Charged with 93 counts of blasphemy, Panizza found his instantaneous literary fame accompanied by a 12-month prison sentence. Moving to Zurich, he published a journal, <i>Zurich Discussions</i>, the majority of which he wrote himself under a series of pen names. After being expelled from Switzerland, he relocated to Paris until his 1899 publication of anti-Germanic verse led to his finances being seized. He spent the last 16 years of his life in a Bavarian mental institution.
- Author(s)Oskar Panizza
- PublisherWakefield Press
- Date of Publication16/04/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintWakefield Press
- Weight136 g
- Width120 mm
- Height180 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Introduction byTranslator (French and German to English) Erik Butler
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