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Experience on the edge
Alexander Carnera merges writing and thinking together exemplarily. 


That writing is an integral part of what the author writes om, is not always as obvious, at least not viewed from the outside. But in the essay genre, this relationship is defining, says the Danish writer Alexander Carnera, who describes writing essays as "a digestive process where you go through something", ie experience something.

Memoirs do not delve into the writing so deeply, he states: “Recalling past events from one's life, gruesome events or unhappy childhood episodes rarely turns into writing other than anecdotes. To give life to an event requires it indlæjres in the time of the story. Literature as a space, a framed space. ”

Essay as a way of life.
Carnera describes her own writing well here, too is is far from anecdotal, but rather thinking in realtime, where something is at stake, and where the twists and turns of the brain are articulated through the "digestive process" of writing. Carnera is an outstanding writer, but it is the proximity of life and art, pen and head, that really sets him apart.

In the introductory chapter to his latest book Experience on the edge, which can be considered as a kind of instruction manual for the essays – call it a manifesto, if you will – he elaborates on his thoughts on the essay. He asks the reader to follow him on the journey as co-writing when he further asks us to "try to regard the essay as a form of migratory life – the writing practice of the essay as a way of living and thus a way of exploring other values, ways of using oneself, being alive".

The writing experience. It is also this exploratory writing activity, where he tries out thought writing through twisting words and pictures, that Carnera comes closest to his. . .

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