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As a Weasel Sucks Eggs – An Essay on Melancholy and Cannibalism
Daniel Birnbaum & Anders Olsson [see all titles]
Sternberg Press [see all titles] History, Criticism and Theory [see all titles]
 Daniel Birnbaum & Anders Olsson As a Weasel Sucks Eggs An Essay on Melancholy and Cannibalism
Translated from the Swedish by Brian Manning Delaney.
published in 2008
English edition
16 x 22 cm (softcover)
175 pages (2 b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-1-933128-62-7
EAN: 9781933128627
out of print
Originally published in Swedish in 1992, As a Weasel Sucks Eggs examines the enigmatic relation of melancholia to an early kind of cannibalism, which psychoanalysis, in particular, stressed. It contains reading of, amongst others, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Sigmund Freud, G. W. F. Hegel, and the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. The authors also quote Goethe and Rabelais, for whom food is a cosmic principle, the soil of fertility, on which all creation is based. In a transferred sense, food also plays that same role for the melancholiac—he who questions the normal order of things, who creates an other “unknown food,” with a variety of meanings. The authors “trace the desire for this other food through the ages, and scrutinize its relationship to both primitive sacrificial rites as well as contemporary anthropology, philosophy, and linguistic theory.”
Curator, art critic and philosopher, director of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and director of its Portikus Gallery until 2010, currently director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Daniel Birnbaum is is also a member of the board of the Institut für Sozialforschung. A contributing editor of Artforum, he is the author of numerous texts on art and philosophy.

Anders Olsson is a Swedish writer, professor of literature at Stockholm University, and member of the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. Olsson has written some fifteen books on poetry and the history of literature.

See also Daniel Birnbaum; Daniel Birnbaum & Kim West.