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By: Zann Karlé-Schmitt

White Is Black

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A patient’s journey in intensive care always starts like a tennis ball landing on top of the net, at the tipping point. Not only for the one in the bed.

Doctor Apfelstein, a specialist in the field, recounts his rise and fall; from flamboyance to custody; from the sleaziest north-east suburb of Paris where he may have killed some of his guests, to the jungle of Harley Street, and finally the flatlands of Norfolk.

He portrays the darkest recesses of his trade, the fleeting nature of life and love, and the blessings of all sorts of music: the soothing drug he needs.

When his own tennis ball lands on top of the net that separates oblivion from memories, at the tipping point, he has chosen his side. Memories. His way.

Translated from French by Brigid Purcell, PhD in European Literature, assisted by Philippe Grunstein, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Associate Professor of Medicine, for specific vocabulary of Respiratory Medicine and Intensive care.

Zann Karlé-Schmitt 1951–2019


Born in Mazuria (Poland), a region of lakes and wolves.


Translated from French by Brigid Purcell, PhD in European Literature, assisted by Philippe Grünstein, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • Suraj Gupta

    "White is Black" is a thought-provoking literary masterpiece that delves into the complexities of human perception, societal constructs, and the inherent paradoxes that shape our understanding of the world around us. Penned by an enigmatic author under the pseudonym L.abyrinth, this book challenges the very foundations of reality and takes readers on an enthralling journey through a world where conventional notions of black and white are turned on their heads.



    From the moment I cracked open the book, I was drawn into its surreal narrative. The prose is enchanting, luring readers into a disorienting landscape where the familiar becomes unfamiliar, and the certain becomes uncertain. L.abyrinth's writing style is both eloquent and evocative, capturing the essence of the story's intricate themes with vivid imagery and lyrical language. The author's ability to blur the lines between reality and illusion creates an immersive reading experience that keeps you guessing at every turn.



    At the heart of "White is Black" lies a profound exploration of perception and its inherent limitations. The characters in the book find themselves in situations where their perceptions are constantly challenged, leading to a fascinating examination of how our minds construct reality. The author skillfully presents a series of paradoxes that force readers to question the validity of their own perceptions. The narrative is an intellectual playground where concepts of truth and falsehood intertwine, leaving readers to contemplate the nature of reality long after the book is closed.



    One of the most impressive aspects of the book is its unique structure. Rather than adhering to a linear storyline, "White is Black" is divided into fragmented vignettes that explore different facets of the paradoxes presented. These vignettes are interconnected in ways that mirror the intricate relationships between perception, truth, and deception. While this narrative structure might be challenging for some readers, it is a testament to the author's audacious creativity and commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional storytelling.



    The characters in "White is Black" are as enigmatic as the world they inhabit. Their struggles with identity and understanding mirror the larger themes of the book. As they grapple with the shifting sands of perception, readers are invited to reflect on their own journeys of self-discovery. The characters' complexities and vulnerabilities make them relatable, despite the surreal circumstances they find themselves in. Their emotional arcs provide a grounding counterpoint to the ethereal concepts explored throughout the narrative.



    While the thematic depth of "White is Black" is undoubtedly its strongest aspect, there are moments when the narrative's complexity can feel overwhelming. Some readers might find themselves lost in the labyrinthine twists of the story, struggling to discern the underlying thread that ties everything together. However, this challenge is also an invitation to engage more deeply with the text, to peel back the layers and uncover the hidden gems of insight that lie beneath the surface.



    In an age where certainty is often sought after and absolutes are prized, "White is Black" challenges readers to embrace ambiguity and embrace the discomfort of paradox. This book serves as a reminder that the world is far from black and white and that the gray areas are where the most profound discoveries often lie. As we navigate a world rife with conflicting perspectives and contradictory information, the lessons of "White is Black" take on a striking relevance.



    In conclusion, "White is Black" is a captivating exploration of perception, truth, and the intricate dance between the two. Labyrinth's ability to craft a narrative that blurs the lines between reality and illusion is nothing short of remarkable. This book is not a casual read, but a literary puzzle that challenges readers to question their assumptions and confront the limitations of their own perceptions. For those willing to embark on a journey of intellectual discovery, "White is Black" is a masterpiece that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

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    Suraj Gupta at Reedsy

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