Reading Francis Kirps

The housefly Leon Sumsa wakes up one morning and finds itself transformed into a “monstrous vertebrate”, i.e. a human being. The lion from Kurt Tucholsky’s satire The Lion is loose! mutates into a polar bear exploring hip Berlin. The model of the Venus statue from Prosper Mérimée’s tale La Vénus d’Ille works as a young slave in a “venture” that shows amazing parallels to today’s working world. The Anecdote from the last Prussian war (Kleist) is moved to the future, where the last four people are at war with each other. Ingeborg Bachmann’s Invocation of the Great Bear is crossed with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu myth and the result is a poem that strangely sounds like Gottfried Benn.

Francis Kirps lives and works in Lintgen (Luxembourg). He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Strasbourg. He first started publishing in student magazines in the early 1990s and in the cultural journal Cahiers Luxembourgeois in 1998. Since then, he has published two short story collections (Planet Luxembourg, 2012; Die Mutationen: 7 Geschichten und ein Gedicht [ The Mutations: 7 Stories and a Poem ], 2019) and one novel (Die Klasse von 77 [ The Class of 77 ], 2016), and has made numerous contributions to anthologies and contemporary short story collections.

  • Francis Kirps, Planet Luxemburg und andere komische Geschichten. Erweiterte Neuausgabe, Andreas Reiffer Verlag, 2016.
  • Francis Kirps, Die Klasse von 77. Ein Punkrock-Roman, Andreas Reiffer Verlag, 2016.
  • Francis Kirps, Die Mutationen. 7 Geschichten & 1 Gedicht, Hydre Éditions, 2019.
  • Francis Kirps, Eber im Nebel. Von Tieren und anderen Verwandten, Satyr Verlag, 2021.
Francis Kirps Die Mutationen
Hydre Éditions
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