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Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964

by Arno Schmidt

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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.
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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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