am i a redundant human being?

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Aloisia Schmidt is an ordinary secretary with a burning question: am I a redundant human being?

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She's neither pretty nor ugly (though she wishes she were hideous: at least that would be something), has no imagination, and is forced to live vicariously through "borrowed" fantasy—fantasy, that is, borrowed from books, plays, even other people's lives. She loves to hate herself, and loves for other people to hate her too. In one final, guilt-ridden, masturbatory, self-obsessed confession, Aloisia indulges her masochistic tendencies to the fullest, putting her entire life on trial, and trying, through telling her story (a story, she assures us, that’s "so laughably mundane" it’s really no story at all), to transform an ordinary life into something extraordinary.

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Author Mela Hartwig / Kerri Pierce (translator)
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
Page Count 160pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date August 2010
ISBN 978-1564785817

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