By Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth
Tremendous infrequent. The Horse's story has been published just once, so copies are very tricky, if now not very unlikely via now, to discover. i do know of 1 individual except the author of the EPUB who has learn it, after I despatched him the publication, and he advised me he had by no means heard of someone who owned the publication, and puzzled, half-jokingly, if it truly existed. hence this can be either the one digital replica of THT to be had on the net, and one of many in basic 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 battle, all circus horses are to be despatched to the slaughterhouse. despite the fact that, Kathbar, is a phenomenal horse who can sing and recite poetry. He runs clear of his proprietor (significantly named Hugh), to turn into a star in an artist's colony by means of founding a college of 'Hoofism'. while Kathbar learns that Hoofism is completed, he falls into melancholy. but, melancholy isn't faraway from the skin of Kathbar's existence. 'Life can't exist with no the pull of annihilation.' He reviews at one element. back: 'It's striking how those who refuse to just accept demise existentially are the very ones such a lot apt to disseminate it in a authentic method. You open up your fingers to dying and create a residing strategy 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 obtained the effect that it used to be no longer the clinic which present for the good thing about 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 through an inmate, then easily forget about it.'
A 'Mr. Patronage', a chum from the earlier, 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 proficient 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.