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Collected Novellas : Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964
by Arno Schmidt and John E. Woods


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9781564780669
  • ISBN-10: 156478066X
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publish Date: November 1994
  • Page Count: 456
  • Reading Level: Ages 22-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.33 x 6.31 x 1.58 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Series: German and Austrian Literature

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