A Review of Adventures in Immediate Irreality by Max Blecher

A Review of Adventures in Immediate Irreality by Max Blecher

A Review of Adventures in Immediate Irreality by Max Blecher

Translated from the Romanian by Michael Henry Heim

The narrator of Max Blecher’s semi-autobiographical novel, Adventures in Immediate Irreality, is a tree.

Understandably, he is desperate for his love interest, Edda, to understand. It is sap that flows through his veins, and branches that extend from his torso. He is, himself, struck by this realization quite suddenly. To win Edda’s favor, he deduces in a rare moment of clarity, he must be firm and resolute, just like a tree. With that one thought, his humanity transforms. He is not like a tree; he is a tree. And so resolved, he marches off to see Edda.