"The Hay Smells Different to the Lovers Than to the Horses"
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Illustration for "The Hay Smells Different to the Lovers Than to the Horses" by german author Philipp Schönthaler.
An excerpt from the translator Amanda DeMarco's note:
"The Hay Smells Different to the Lovers Than to the Horses" comes from the 2012 collection of stories, Life Opens Upward, which explores the psyches of high-performance athletes. Schönthaler's 2013 debut novel similarly examines the pressures associated with pursuing a career in our high-performance society. Whether it's the stress of athletics or professional achievement, the formal question—what happens when people try to 'optimize' themselves?—underlies the specific human dramas that unfold in these two books....."
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