Rainer J. Hanshe is a writer and the founder of Contra Mundum Press and Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics. He is the author of two novels, The Acolytes (2010), The Abdication (2012), and a hybrid text created in collaboration with Federico Gori, Shattering the Muses (2017). Hanshe has written numerous essays on Nietzsche, principally concerning synesthesia, incubation, and agonism. He is the translator of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare & Other Texts (2017), Joseph Kessel’s Army of Shadows, and Gerard Depardieu’s Innocent (2017). His second novel, The Abdication, has been translated into Italian, Turkish (Aylak Adam: Zepelin), and Slovakian (Kloaka). He is also the editor of Richard Foreman’s Plays with Films (2013) and Wordsworth’s Fragments (2014). Other work of his has appeared in Sinn und Form, Jelenkor, ChrisMarker.org, Asymptote, Quarterly Conversation, Black Sun Lit, and elsewhere. Hanshe is currently working on two novels, Humanimality and Now, Wonder, and In Praise of Dogs, a photo-journalism project with director & photographer Harald Hutter.