Weird short stories for opera texts.

Reply Sat 14 Jun, 2014 06:53 pm
Hi All,
I'm looking for weird and kooky stories that might make good opera texts. I've gone through quite a lot already, fairy tales, bible stories etc. and am now looking for kind of bizarre 20th century writing, Kafka, Ballard, Calvino etc.
Philosophical texts welcome too, I was thinking it would be cool to write something based on Barthes' A Lover's Discourse. Hard though.
All suggestions welcome.
pq x
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Reply Sat 14 Jun, 2014 07:03 pm
Well, it isn't fiction but just recently a couple of pre-teen girls tried to knife their friend to death as a sacrifice to Slender Man.

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Reply Sun 15 Jun, 2014 12:56 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
Some of Hesse work comes to mind.

The Prodigy (aka Beneath the Wheel)

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Reply Mon 16 Jun, 2014 02:55 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
For Father's Day I received Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes. Masybe there's an opera there somewhere.

In 2011 Adolf Hitler in full regalia wakes up on a patch of wasteland in Berlin. Having failed to find his bunker, he takes up temporary residence in a newspaper kiosk. There he is discovered by some TV producers, who take him to be a Hitler impersonator of rare method-acting genius. Soon he becomes the star of their satirical programme. His rants against foreigners and the welfare state are both consumed as comedy and secretly admired by a German public fed up with modern politics. Such is the set-up of Timur Vermes's satirical novel, translated by Jamie Bulloch, which has sold more than a million copies in Germany.

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