menu

The School for Atheists : A Novella-Comedy in 6 Acts
by Arno Schmidt and John E. Woods




Overview -

Published originally in 1972, The School for Atheists is one of the great works of fiction by the renowned German novelist Arno Schmidt (1914-1979), whose masterpiece is Zettel's Traum, often compared to Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Complex in plot, this later novel permits a more traditional reading than many of Schmidt's works. In 2014 envoys of the nation's great powers, including the matriarchal United States and the patriarchal China, hold a summit in the home of William T. Kolderup and his granddaughter Suse near the Danish border in the German town of Tellingstedt. In a story within a story Kol­derup recalls his previous adventures with the mother-to-be of Isis, the man-devouring American Secretary of State. But Schmidt takes this even further by presenting his fiction as drama, in which the ship that carries Kolderup and the mother of Isis is wrecked, testing the atheist stances of the characters. The wonder of this book, however, lies not in its hilarious plot, but in its amazing language, the fascinating typography, and the complex references to culture--popular and classical--from Jules Verne to William Shakespeare.

Green Integer has previously published Schmidt's Dialogs I and will publish the second volume of Dialogs later this year. Other books by Schmidt have been published by Dalkey Archive press, including the Collected Novellas, Collected Stories, Nobodaddy's Children, and Two Novels (The Stony Heart and Boondocks/Moondocks), all translated by the award-winning John E. Woods.

  Read Full Product Description
 
local_shippingFor Delivery
Earliest ship date: April 20, 2021
FREE Shipping for Club Members help
 
storeBuy Online Pickup At Store
search store by zipcode

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 4 copies from $27.00
 
 
 

More About The School for Atheists by Arno Schmidt; John E. Woods

 
 
 

Overview

Published originally in 1972, The School for Atheists is one of the great works of fiction by the renowned German novelist Arno Schmidt (1914-1979), whose masterpiece is Zettel's Traum, often compared to Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Complex in plot, this later novel permits a more traditional reading than many of Schmidt's works. In 2014 envoys of the nation's great powers, including the matriarchal United States and the patriarchal China, hold a summit in the home of William T. Kolderup and his granddaughter Suse near the Danish border in the German town of Tellingstedt. In a story within a story Kol­derup recalls his previous adventures with the mother-to-be of Isis, the man-devouring American Secretary of State. But Schmidt takes this even further by presenting his fiction as drama, in which the ship that carries Kolderup and the mother of Isis is wrecked, testing the atheist stances of the characters. The wonder of this book, however, lies not in its hilarious plot, but in its amazing language, the fascinating typography, and the complex references to culture--popular and classical--from Jules Verne to William Shakespeare.

Green Integer has previously published Schmidt's Dialogs I and will publish the second volume of Dialogs later this year. Other books by Schmidt have been published by Dalkey Archive press, including the Collected Novellas, Collected Stories, Nobodaddy's Children, and Two Novels (The Stony Heart and Boondocks/Moondocks), all translated by the award-winning John E. Woods.


 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892295965
  • ISBN-10: 1892295962
  • Publisher: Green Integer
  • Publish Date: December 2000
  • Page Count: 301
  • Dimensions: 10.88 x 8 x 0.64 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds

Series: El-E-Phant Books #53

Related Categories

 

BAM Customer Reviews