Thursday, May 12, 2016

Closed Eyelids by Leena Krohn

“People were awake in order to sleep, in contrast to what had previously been thought.”
Absolutely wonderful, this treatise on a society where the need for sleep, or the desire for sleep, is increasing towards 16 hours a day, sleep for its own sake, the many images and ideas in H’s own interface with this phenomenon flow in a perfect audit trail with which I can empathise at my own increasingly advanced age. The yearning for sleep experienced as nowhere else in literature, I am guessing. And it goes a long way to explaining the 32 years of the Silence of Järvenpää experienced by Sibelius, the most famous Finnish composer.

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