By Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth
Tremendous infrequent. The Horse's story has been revealed just once, so copies are very tricky, if now not very 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 booklet, and he informed me he had by no means heard of someone who owned the e-book, and questioned, half-jokingly, if it truly existed. as a result this is often either the one digital replica of THT to be had on the net, and one of many merely any-copies of THT on hand at the anywhere.
FROM "THE CASE OF ANNA KAVAN"
BY DAVID CALLARD:
The ebook, 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. in spite of 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 through founding a faculty of 'Hoofism'. whilst Kathbar learns that Hoofism is completed, he falls into melancholy. but, melancholy is rarely faraway from the skin of Kathbar's lifestyles. 'Life can't exist with out the pull of annihilation.' He reviews at one aspect. back: 'It's outstanding how those who refuse to just accept dying existentially are the very ones so much apt to disseminate it in a authentic manner. You open up your palms to demise and create a dwelling technique 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 under the influence of alcohol, passes out and wakes up in an asylum, doubtful to whether he's a guy or a horse. 'I acquired the influence that it used to be no longer the medical institution 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 through an inmate, then easily forget about it.'
A 'Mr. Patronage', a chum from the previous, 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.