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Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964

Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964

Paperback German and Austrian Literature

By (author) Arno Schmidt, By (author) John E. Woods

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 33mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 26 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564786617
  • ISBN 13: 9781564786616
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 251,999

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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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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 ...more excursions into the time of Alexander the Great and A.D. 541, and then soared into tight, allusive wordplay that translates uncommonly well into English.