Review: Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig
Title: Maybe This Time
Author: Hotschnig, Alois
Translator: Lewis, Tess
Length: 110 pages
Publisher / Year: Peirene Press / 2011 (originally published in Austrian German as Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht in 2006)
Source: Peirene Press subscription
Why I Read It: I have enjoyed all Peirene Press books I’ve read to date.
Date Read: 02/08/12
This is a collection of short stories that has been called by some as comparable to Kafka. Having not read any Kafka, I can’t confirm if this is true or not… but I will say that the stories are all indeed rather strange and creepy, in ways that you know can’t be true but yet are so believable.
The book contains nine short stories, all of which deal with different characters and different situations. The second story, for example, tells the story of a man who is following a young woman, and we slowly learn why. All I can say is that the end is creepy! The next story is about a woman who seems to have a doll that exactly matches everyone, including a stranger who just showed up at her house. Another is about a man who becomes obsessed with watching his neighbours.
Each of the stories is just a bit off right from the start, and only gets creepier as it continues. Coming out at the end of it, it’s hard to be sure if such an event could happen, and there’s a bit of adjustment back to the real world. Highly recommended for those who enjoy short stories, and who enjoy creepy and odd situations.