By Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth
Tremendous infrequent. The Horse's story has been published just once, so copies are very tough, if no longer very unlikely by means of now, to discover. i do know of 1 individual except the writer of the EPUB who has learn it, after I despatched him the publication, and he informed me he had by no means heard of a person who owned the publication, and questioned, half-jokingly, if it really existed. for that reason this is often either the one digital replica of THT on hand on the web, and one of many basically any-copies of THT to be had at the anywhere.
FROM "THE CASE OF ANNA KAVAN"
BY DAVID CALLARD:
The e-book, whose equine hero Kathbar takes his identify from an acronymic amalgam of Kavan and Karl Theodore Bluth, is a hugely own dream allegory. Kathbar is a circus horse and, on the finish of the struggle, all circus horses are to be despatched to the slaughterhouse. even if, Kathbar, is an outstanding horse who can sing and recite poetry. He runs clear of his proprietor (significantly named Hugh), to develop into a celeb in an artist's colony through founding a college of 'Hoofism'. whilst Kathbar learns that Hoofism is done, he falls into melancholy. but, melancholy is rarely faraway from the outside of Kathbar's lifestyles. 'Life can't exist with out the pull of annihilation.' He reviews at one element. back: 'It's striking how those who refuse to simply accept loss of life existentially are the very ones such a lot apt to disseminate it in a actual means. You open up your fingers to dying and create a residing technique out of the pull of not anything. those others don't create whatever, they only kill.'
At a celebration held for him Kathbar turns into obstreperous and inebriated, passes out and wakes up in an asylum, doubtful as to if he's a guy or a horse. 'I received the impact that it used to be now not the clinic which latest for the advantage of the sufferers, however the sufferers whose functionality it was once to supply the employees with an excuse for drawing their salaries. … It used to be a rule of the asylum to accede to each request made by means of an inmate, then easily forget about it.'
A 'Mr. Patronage', a pal from the previous, sends Kathbar to a 'mountain clinic', the place a Dr Hieronymus tells him that his melancholy is because of the constitutional abnormality and that he's 'too talented to steer the lifetime of a horse'. Hieronymus, an alter-ego of Bluth, explains his 'existential psychology', Kathbar recovers his reminiscence and sanity and returns to the circus.