Ampersant, Michael. “Rilke’s Ghost: A Novella”, Lust Spiel Books, 2019.
A Ghost Story
I always look forward to something new from Michael Ampersant because he not only entertains but he provokes us to think. That is what good literature is all about as far as I am concerned. Even in this ghost story, I spent more time thinking about it than I did reading it. In just 23 pages Ampersant opens a whole new world for us.
Michael A,, while on vacation in the town of Duino on the Adriatic Italian coast, provoked the legendary German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. He used Google to translate Rilke’s “Duineser Elegien” (Elegies from the Castle of Duino). Today, Michael takes his summer vacation in a chalet in Switzerland, three kilometers away from the grave of the poet. We wonder if there is to be another challenge to Rilke again. To do so would be to bring the most sophisticated ghost story of modern history to the people and the result would be an exorcism of serendipitous proportions.
I fell in love with the wit of the prose and the attempts to answer whether this really happened. More than that I can’t say except that we are taken a word journey unlike anything you have ever done. More than that I cannot say without ruining the reading experience. Find a half an hour and lose yourself in this delightful read.