Prelude: I Observe with My Pen

  • Marcel Beyer
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


Ink in the corners of a chimpanzee’s mouth. A photograph of a cat that is decidedly not a symbol. The bars of a cage in the Jardin des Plantes. Abstract art above the living room sofa, unsigned, “Untitled.” A steel-reinforced cell at the US Army Disciplinary Training Center between Pisa and Viareggio. A series of photographs taken in the sun-filled Orangutan House at the Schönbrunn Zoo. Three tooth-marked pencil stubs. I observe with my pen.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Beyer
    • 1
  1. 1.DresdenGermany

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