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Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964

by Arno Schmidt

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In the left side of my back, the . The grassy suburban street; beyond, the flat bungalow façade. (She trampled with pleasure, and kept up her starling chatter).

Each piece from Schmidt is a tutorial in a new vision, a wonderful departure into the inseams of language and literature. The novellas appeared hardly that, more like stories out for a stroll, lunatics on the lawn. Each one possessed an upright, someone who didn't believe Pravda and saw that rent-to-own was a sham and would end in fire, misery and the Red Hordes. There were a few pieces: Goethe and Tina -- which indulged my book nerdedness to the extent that my heart hurt -- it swelled and stung with such sweet sympathy for the lonely book people. Come gather and climb on board. The reader's satisfied tears will be a worthy destination. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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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).

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.

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Two novels by a German writer earlier this century who specialized in experimental fiction. The first is a satire on historical research, while the second is a comedy on the colonization of the moon.

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