Reinhard Knodt has a gift for combining philosophy and poetry into an inextricable amalgamation. His book, whose first edition quickly sold out, shows that „Schmerz“ (pain) is not something negative, to be avoided, but rather a yearning, homesickness, lovesickness, or rumination about loss; it is among the most important concerns of life. Addressed are basic situations: I am sick, I have gotten married, I have a boss, I have a child, but also the mental state of our time. These very densely woven texts are sometimes even suited for meditation; on the other hand, they also present a downright urgent atmosphere of pleading to become „essential“. The end marks a “solution” that does not consist in the avoidance of pain.
Reinhard Knodt, (1951) is an author and philosopher. In Bavaria, where he worked for many years as a radio author and university assistant professor, in 2007 he received the Friedrich Baur Prize of the Bavarian Academy for his literary and essayistic work. He was the author in residence for the City of Abenberg and periodically filled in for Hannes Böhringer, the department chair of art philosophy in Kassel. Reinhard Knodt currently lives in Berlin, where he accepted teaching assignments at the UDK until 2013 and periodically works in Röthenbach, where he oversees an interdisciplinary ‘Künstlerhaus’. Many essays on fine art, literature, and architecture.