Bert Borrone’s Perpetual Motion
Bert Borrone’s Perpetual Motion is the story of the author’s family in the small southern Kentucky town where he grew up. In 1942 his grandfather, Bert Borrone, invented a perpetual motion machine. “Someday,” he told his six year old grandson and namesake, “this machine will power ships like the Queen Mary.” The story is told with humor, candour, generous doses of criticism, and a great deal of love.
Bert Hornback is a well-known literary scholar, having published more than a dozen books on Charles Dickens and other nineteenth century English authors, and on poetry, tragedy, and the English language. His most recent book, a short novel entitled Grimwig, was published in 2012. He is a founder member and past president of the International Dickens Society, and has recreated Charles Dickens’s dramatic readings from his novels more than 400 times, for audiences in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, and Germany. He is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Michigan, and has also taught at the University of Notre Dame, University College Dublin, and Bellarmine College. He is currently professor of English at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.
Sven Kretzschmar holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English Litertures and Cultures from Saarland University, and is currently a postgraduate student in Philosophy and English at the University of Luxemburg and at Saarland University.