Franz Hohler (* 1. März 1943 in Biel) ist ein Schweizer Schriftsteller, Kabarettist und Liedermacher.
Professor Heather Sullivan alerted this blog to the work of what I am calling ''a Swiss Dr. Seuss," a performing satirist and poet in Switzerland named Franz Hohler, who in 1974 wrote and performed a cautionary eco-tale that still resonates today in 2017 -- and I have a video of the performance here to prove it. In fact, I am hoping that some savvy publisher in the UK or the USA or other nations will publish a 56 page picture book in the Dr Seuss tradition of picture books for kids and adults.
Mr Hohler has given me his permission to blog and tweet and Facebook this video and translation in the hopes of find a publisher for a 56 page picture book with color illustrations in the English speakign world, with even more translations in other nations. Who will publish this?
I found this English-subtitled translation of Franz Hohler's THE END OF THE WORLD, a short eco poem that he performs here in German (but with convenient English subtitles as well).
TO SEE ORIGINAL GERMAN PERFORMANCE on YouTube but no subtitles:
Here is an informal English translation of the text:
But it's wonderful in German online -- he speaks it himself here! With subtitles:
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"Thanks be to God This Beetle finally away
this disgusting itching he brought and he was always full of dirt!" A
as the chirping of a cricket
the voice of bird whose food, it is clear
the small dirty beetle was!
in a long strap on the sea to return
and during this flight its faeces to empty
and for the small but very delicate type of fish, was this clay
the daily bread!
the you never seen
and they will not understand
because you can not know that the small but particularly delicate type of fish, the food of a larger not delicate fish, which in turn was now simply a different variety pursued
a small yellow stitch ling of the same degree
of especially these black insects devoured!
with toxins intercepted successfully -
unfortunately, the maize top left!
is no more chicken on the plate.
In the search for a replacement for the corn in the chicken feed, one has the proportion of fish meal is doubled.
But each fish has today
its very specific mercury content!
Until now he was deep enough to no one to destroy
but now it goes to a world-wide chicken only heirs!
because they have seen what you absolutely do not know.
The flood has today - and it must be noted the sky was blue and there was no wind and the shaft speed was low as always when the weather is nice - and still had this afternoon by the shore of the island under water and of course nobody knew that on the same day to the whole world
the people from the banks ran into the houses
and the slope of the sea at name called!
the cold came to a halt
and the seas rose!
and you do not know what you think
as you can hear a slight rumble
and if one of the older now believed that now the battle of the big starts at the last remaining space for their peoples
because another full of bitterness asks:
"How, for heavens sake, it came so far?"
the sea has increased, because the air is heated
the air is warmer, because the chicken burned
the chicken burned because they had
they had Mercury Mercury, since fish are fed
fish has one lined because the maize will no longer came
the corn came no more because you used
the poison poison was needed because the insects came
the insects came because of a fish you no longer devoured
the fish consumed you not because he was eaten
he was eaten because another krepierte
the other krepierte because a bird is not more flew
the bird flew not more, because a beetle disappeared -
this dirty beetle stood at the beginning!
why is this beetle disappeared?
but I think almost he has fed incorrectly!
Instead of grasses to eat, devoured it grasses with oil
instead of sheets to be devoured, devoured it leaves with soot
instead of water to drink, he drank water with sulfur -
is up to you to the duration to itself also violence!
When will this be?
you say in ten years, in twenty years -
perhaps in fifty or in hundred!
I found myself otherwise sensible -
I am sure the end of the world, ladies and gentlemen, has already begun!