FLICKERING CAVE PAINTINGS OF NOXIOUS NIGHTBIRDS / FLACKERNDE FELSBILDER ÜBLER NACHTVÖGELISBN: 978-3-85415-561-4
216 pages, graphics, soft-cover, english/german, published 2017
“Flickering Cave Paintings of Noxious Nightbirds,” Thomas Antonic’s book debut in the English language, spans a world of prose and poetry consisting of cut-ups and other montage-generated fragments scattered along a “dead line” of states of being, drawn both from the present and the beyond. Along the way, we travel through shimmering linguistic worlds in which Jesus is the manager of a shopping mall or the neighbor’s house disappears overnight, making way for Hungarian border soldiers. Thomas Antonic hews sentences precisely from the rock of common coherence: Emergent perceptions and ideas combine with furious pamphlets and transcend worldly wisdoms in a noisy scenario choreographing movements wavering in different zones of consciousness. Obsessively, the text draws loops around the “last things”, and almost no one can tell such a tale of experiences of disappearances and loss, death and dissolution in such a delicately interwoven, linguistically enthralling way as Antonic does in these brilliant short-cuts. Whirring visions form, replete with allusions and quotes, especially from the contexts of transatlantic literature, film and music, emerging from a cold state of limbo and ranging to the pandemonium of a civilization eroded by media madness and terrorism. A coup of poetic escalation.