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It's Late, I Can't Breathe: A Nocturnal Narrative (Paperback)
Mario, a 35-year-old gay actor, knows that he doesn't have long to live. For five years, he has been surviving himself. For five years, the virus has schooled him in fear. Mario lies in the prison of his room and gives himself failing grades for his life-an F for his lack of success, and F for his pathological need for intimacy, and F for his neurotic lack of independence. Locked within him is resentment toward his mother, the lifelong yearning for a father, and a pimply-faced kid who cowers and refuses to grow up. Mario stumbles through the wilderness of men and waits for the call. He's learned his lesson and endures the unendurable. In a unique, staccato style, Mario Wirz tells the desperate story of a man obsessed with his memories. For as long as he can hold out against the inevitable, he spins a feverish narrative that exposes his voracious will to live.
About the Author
Mario Wirz was born in Marburg, Germany, in 1956 and worked as an author, director, and actor. In 1988 he moved to Berlin to be a free-lance writer. His work includes numerous plays, collections of poems and short stories, and novels. His prose works include "Es ist sp't, ich kann nicht atmen: Ein n'chtlicher Bericht (It's Late, I Can't Breathe: A Nocturnal Narrative), " 1992, "Biographie eines lebendigen Tages, " 1994, and "Umarmungen am Ende der Nacht, " 1999. His works of poetry include "Und Traum zerzaust dein Haar, " 1982, "All die vielen Nachtschritte, " 1984, "Ich rufe die W'lfe, " 1993, "Das Herz dieser Stunde, " 1997, "Sieben Leben hat die Woche, " 2003, and "Sturm vor der Stille, " 2006. "It's Late, I Can't Breathe" is the first of his works to be published in English translation. The translator, Alfred G. Meyer, was a professor of political science at the University of Michigan from 1966 to 1990.