The Ship

Hans Henny Jahnn Catherine Hutter

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The Ship The Ship is a unique book Reading it is like listening to the silence in the public squares painted by Giorgio de Chirico Like Chirico Jahnn is a master of the eerie and the inexplicable It would be

  • Title: The Ship
  • Author: Hans Henny Jahnn Catherine Hutter
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  • Page: 345
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  • The Ship is a unique book Reading it is like listening to the silence in the public squares painted by Giorgio de Chirico Like Chirico, Jahnn is a master of the eerie and the inexplicable It would be presumptuous to explain the fable contained in these pages its meaning will differ from reader to reader Yet it is obvious that the author intended us to know that our hoThe Ship is a unique book Reading it is like listening to the silence in the public squares painted by Giorgio de Chirico Like Chirico, Jahnn is a master of the eerie and the inexplicable It would be presumptuous to explain the fable contained in these pages its meaning will differ from reader to reader Yet it is obvious that the author intended us to know that our hold on reality is at best a treacherous delusion When Gustav bent down to retrieve the suitcase he had so thoughtlessly kicked under the berth, he found that where a wall should have been there was no wall but only infinite space Since this three masted ship had been designed by a competent Scot, Gustav was puzzled But he had only begun to be bewildered Locked doors sprang open at the touch of an invisible hand, and the supercargo was unwilling to dispel anxiety with an answer With microphones placed at strategic points throughout the ship, the supercargo spied on everyone, angrily insisting that no member of the crew should attempt to fathom the nature of the cargo.When Gustav s fiancee vanished, Gustav acted less like a hero than a victim of a nightmare The Ship itself is a nightmare, contrived by a writer with an iron will.

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    1. Nate D on said:

      Man is born with a demand for justice, as he understands it. Since his demand remains unfulfilled, a broad understanding of the arbitrary course of events gradually begins to develop in him. He makes the decisions of others his own. He hardens his thoughts to inflexible ideas and consoles his inner powers with a later or a beyond.Experience, given the capricious and incomprehensible forces of the universe, can only lead to the subordination of certainties and logic to an unremitting irrational u [...]

    2. knig on said:

      Already I am at a disadvantage: Jahnns is from a shipbuilding family, so he is in the know. I am oblivious to all maritime references, lores, symbols and sayings, bar one: when the eponymous ship sinks and the unexpected and hitherto unseen figurehead of Venus Anadyomene flashes across the horizon, I’m in on the joke.The ship, then carries an unidentified cargo to an unknown destination. Amongst a mutinous crew, fuelled by ancient superstitions and prejudices, a quartet of protagonists clash a [...]

    3. Feliks on said:

      Though a slim novel it is extremely finely-crafted in its prose. Without a doubt this is one of the oddest novels you will ever encounter.The 'surface premise' is highly intriguing, inventive, and startling in the way that so many of these German expressionist & French surrealist projects are. It is part horror story; part suspense; part Gothic romance. There are touches of espionage and adventure. There are unidentifiable elements of sexual perversion. Yet as weird as it is; all this sham-s [...]

    4. Nathaniel on said:

      Few of Jahnn's writings have been translated into English. Fewer of them have stayed in print. "The Ship" is demanding, aggressive and unsettling. For every sentence of actual happening there are three pages of obsessive thought and speculation pervaded by the Expressionist's fixation on despair, decomposition and fear. Everything is psychologized to an attenuated, untrustworthy degree that would verge on madness if the circumstances of the book weren't a suitable justification for the breakdown [...]

    5. Randolph Carter on said:

      A nameless four masted sailing ship with blood red sails, constructed and fitted without a single piece of iron on board. A mysterious secret cargo of oblong boxes that no one except the supercargo, George Lauffer knows contains; sealed in the hold. Are these coffins, empty boxes, firearms, or packed with "women's flesh" as the crew believes? Why is the first crew dismissed at the last minute and replaced? Why is the ship's owner a stowaway? Why does the ship only get it's sailing orders by wire [...]

    6. Eugene on said:

      the intro namechecks both melville and giorgio de chirico and the book indeed is an odd combination of nautical metaphysics and surrealism's insidiously creepy emptying out. an intense mystery story, not unlike the slow build-up of a bela tarr movie. in places it moves at a wild pace like a murder story's final confrontation or a chase scene; other times it lingers endlessly over each character's neurotics and guilt and anxiety--everyone in it an active raskolnikov. (and maybe the book is one lo [...]

    7. Jimmy on said:

      But this frankness was like a clean cloth in the dark; no one could tell if anything had been spilled on it.I had to check this book out of a nearby college library because it is out of print. I think nearly everybody on who has read this neglected book was turned on to it initially by A Journey Round My Skull blog. The book alternates between mysterious goings-on aboard a ship carrying coffin shaped cargo and circuitous thoughts within the characters' heads "agonizing exertions" as Gustave put [...]

    8. Matthieu on said:

      Haunting. Comparisons to Soupault, Blackwood and de Chirico could be made.

    9. Ronald Morton on said:

      In their opinion extraordinary things were about to take place on the quayHans Henny Jahnn was “the grandson of a shipbuilder, the son of a ship’s carpenter” so it is unsurprising that he managed to create such an awe-inspiring ship himself. The title gives away the importance of the ship, but it does nothing, in its simplicity, to indicate the presence that the ship will have, the monumental sense of malicious mystery that will enshroud it, and the dominating – crushing – impact it wi [...]

    10. Rob Adey on said:

      This was a recommendation in Steve Aylett's Heart of the Original. You can see why as it's deeply weird and has a chef in it. The rhythm of the writing is very similar to Aylett's; maybe it was a big influence. It's a sort of House of Leaves/Sapphire and Steel episode at sea, which in theory I'd love but in practice is way too cryptic to grab me. I ditched it halfway.

    11. Thomas Hübner on said:

      mytwostotinki/?p=592The wooden ship is the talk of the town. When the beautiful large three-master arrives at the unnamed port (maybe Hamburg, the author's home city), the citizens are more than a bit puzzled. The wooden ship is all teak and oak and it looks much too elegant to be an ordinary freighter. (Hans Henny Jahnn, the author of The Ship, was not only a famous organ-builder but also the son of a ship carpenter, which helped him to make the description of the ship so convincing.)Unknown ca [...]

    12. Roger Boyle on said:

      I don't know how I came by this - perhaps Ginger John sent it to me (seems very plausible).It's hard to rate this; it's a difficult book to read but getting from page to page is easy enough. What's it about? It's an allegory for something. The role(s) of men as they interact? The only woman in the book "disappears" and may have been murdered and may have been raped, and may not. As the preface says: "reading this book is like listening to the silence in public squares".I'm glad I read it: if no [...]

    13. Sofia on said:

      Not many people know that Hans Henny Jahnn recorded a Death Metal album influenced by the work of H. P. Lovecraft. It was so evil that it went back in time and wiped out the dinosaurs, before jumping into the future and wiping out the human race. It was probably titled Organ Builder, Organ Grinder or something, idk

    14. Jacob Wren on said:

      Hans Henny Jahn writes:After all, guilt and innocence are terms that tell nothing of evil.

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