The Abdication


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Contra Mundum Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.68 inches | 0.73 pounds
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About the Author

Rainer J. Hanshe is a writer and the founder of Contra Mundum Press and Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics. He is the author of two novels, The Acolytes (2010) and The Abdication (2012), and the editor of Richard Foreman's Plays with Films (2013) and Wordsworth's Fragments (2014). He is also the author of the hybrid book Shattering the Muses (2016), a collaboration with Italian artist Federico Gori, and Closing Melodies (2023), a phantomatic encounter between Nietzsche and Van Gogh. His translations include Charles Baudelaire's My Heart Laid Bare (2017; 2020), Belgium Stripped Bare (2019), and Paris Spleen (2021), as well as longer and shorter works by other authors. Work of his has appeared in Caesura, Sinn und Form,, Asymptote, Black Sun Lit's Vestiges, and elsewhere.


Hanshe's style is original, tough, strong, ironic, but at the same time classical and noble, witty and never banal, in fact rich with slang and polyglot eruptions. The Abdication is a utopian and fantastic journey that will surely make readers reflect, engaging them in the intellectual pathos of this abdication. Being a true, singular abdication, it pushes our whole civilization, our traditions, and our values, ​​to be subverted. - Alessio Riva, Corso Italia

With this new novel, Hanshe reinforces his growing reputation as one of today's most original and thought-provoking novelists. - Keith Ansell-Pearson

The Abdication is a visionary novel of dangerous ideas, a theological thriller concerned with the absence of god and the question posed by the phrase: Dionysus versus the Crucified. It is as richly allusive as it is physically direct: a novel of revolt that can at times be revolting in its relentless push to break the mold of idealist thought. As well argued as it is intricately arcane, indeed dense with learning and lore, this book is both experimental and assured, a comedy of high seriousness and gospel of the flesh that our winded civilization has needed for 2,000 years. Ridendo dicere severum! -Stuart Kendall, author of Georges Bataille