Beneath Black Stars

Beneath Black Stars

by Martin Chalmers
     
 

Although in the second half of the 20th century a large number of exceptional writers emerged from the small Austrian Republic, Austrian writers have felt themselves excluded from literature's mainstream. This collection provides an opportunity to sample the rich variety of post-war Austrian writing. Contributors include Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, Ingeborg

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Although in the second half of the 20th century a large number of exceptional writers emerged from the small Austrian Republic, Austrian writers have felt themselves excluded from literature's mainstream. This collection provides an opportunity to sample the rich variety of post-war Austrian writing. Contributors include Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, Ingeborg Bachman, Erich Fried and Lilian Faschinger.

Martin Chalmers lives in London where he works as a German translator. The authors he has translated include Victor Klemperer, Robert Walser and Hubert Fichte.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Due to their homeland's ominous political past (and present), editor Martin Chalmers notes that many modern Austrian writers feel "like migr's in their own country"; hence the stories that make up Beneath Black Stars tend to be as dark as the title suggests. Margit Schreiner takes a swipe at outdated pastoral representations of Austrian culture in "The Kargeralm Shepherd," which details a man's coupling with a sheep. Alfred Kolleritsch's stunning "A Platonic Meal" is an indictment of class systems and a study of "the transformation of desire into appetite and gluttony." Adventurous readers will be intrigued by such formally innovative pieces as "A Place for Coincidences," Ingeborg Bachman's disjointed, hallucinatory vision of Berlin. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852423797
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.72(d)

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