By Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth
Super infrequent. The Horse's story has been published just once, so copies are very tricky, if no longer most 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 advised me he had by no means heard of somebody who owned the booklet, and questioned, half-jokingly, if it really existed. therefore this can be either the single digital replica of THT to be had on the net, and one of many in simple terms any-copies of THT to be had at the anywhere.
FROM "THE CASE OF ANNA KAVAN"
BY DAVID CALLARD:
The publication, 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. despite the fact that, Kathbar, is an outstanding horse who can sing and recite poetry. He runs clear of his proprietor (significantly named Hugh), to develop into a star in an artist's colony by means of founding a college of 'Hoofism'. whilst Kathbar learns that Hoofism is completed, he falls into melancholy. but, melancholy is rarely faraway from the outside of Kathbar's lifestyles. 'Life can't exist with no the pull of annihilation.' He reviews at one aspect. back: 'It's striking how those that refuse to simply accept loss of life existentially are the very ones so much apt to disseminate it in a real means. You open up your fingers to loss of life and create a residing procedure out of the pull of not anything. those others don't create something, they just kill.'
At a celebration held for him Kathbar turns into obstreperous and inebriated, passes out and wakes up in an asylum, doubtful to whether he's a guy or a horse. 'I acquired the effect that it used to be no longer the health facility which latest for the advantage of the sufferers, however the sufferers whose functionality it used to be 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 way of an inmate, then easily forget about it.'
A 'Mr. Patronage', a chum from the prior, 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 guide 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.