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Another great piece of satirical entertainment
on 7 October 2011
After 'The 21/2 Pillars of Wisdom' I eagerly awaited the next installment in the adventures for Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, which have seemed a long time in coming. In four short adventures the hapless Professor von Igelfeld displays all his characteristic comic pomposity, social ineptitude and lack of self-awareness that enable him to sail blithely through the most cringeworthy situations, in the company of his fellow linguistic academics Professors Unterholzer and Prinzel, and the Institute librarian Herr Huber.
This time he manages to tackle a situation in which he is sure his definitive treatise on Portugese Irregular Verbs has been confused with the lesser work of Unterholzer (the half pillar of wisdom) in the nomination for an academic prize, tries to court the widow Benz, falls down a mountain to great acclaim, delivers another well received after-dinner speech, and has another accident involving Unterholzer's dachshund.
AMS writes with his characteristic mix of subtlety and venom to satirise the self-importance of the arcane academic and the German obsession with titles and formality. Herr Prof. Dr. Dr. von Igelfeld is a truly terrific creation of humourous writing. The only complaint is that at about 200 pages of reasonable large font size printing the reader is left wanting more.