Volume 1: Collected Novellas
Translated by John E. Woods
This is the first in a four volume edition of the early fiction of one of the most daring and influential writers of postwar Germany, a man often called the German James Joyce due to the linguistic inventiveness of his fiction. The novella was Schmidt's preferred form at the beginning of his writing career, and this volume collects the ten novellas he wrote between Entymesis (1949) and Republica Intelligentsia (1957), most of the them appearing here in English for the first time.
The settings range from ancient Greece to 21st-century America, but all react to the stifling conservatism and cold prudery of Adenauer Germany. Bursting with intellectual and sexual energies, resuscitating the German language after two decades of Nazi subjugation, these novellas revolutionized German literature in the 1950s and retain their power to shock and delight forty years later.
Schmidt has been called a "giant of the modernist tradition, an enormously important talent in the fictional line of cruel comedy that runs from Rabelais through Swift and Joyce" (New York Review of Books). This edition of his collected fiction should restore Schmidt to his rightful place at the forefront of 20th-century writing.
Nb of pages 432 p.
Publication Date 01 December 1994
Nb of pages 432
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
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"Collected Novellas is an enticing introduction to the twisted mind games of Schmidt, to his unusual prose, his raving, voracious mind. While the themes and stories alone warrant hefty works
"[Schmidt's] writing is obsessively intense, tactile and visual, crude and allegorical, comic and ribald, Joycean in wordplay. This volume offers 10 of his early work from the late '40s and
"By a bitter bit of mistiming, Arno Schmidt, who died in 1979, has now become at least partly accessible in English . . . It's a shame that we are learning about his career only now when
"The clown prince of contemporary German fiction, Arno Schmidt [was] a satirist who first wrote rather straight, pessimistic, intensely visual allegories of post-Nazi society, with
"It is appalling that an author of the stature of Arno Schmidt, without a doubt considered one of the great authors of our time, be almost an illustrious unknown outside of Germany." -Julian Rios author of Larva
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Central Europe
Countries : Germany