Gathered here are all of the short stories that Arno Schmidt wished to preserve.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyNobody will ever mistake Schmidt for a conventional writer. In every piece in this collection of short stories, the German author deftly juggles stream-of-consciousness narration, bizarre stage direction/punctuation ("There ! Once again :
Library JournalThis, the third volume of Dalkey's projected four-volume series of translations of Schmidt's work (including Nobodaddy's Children, LJ 9/15/95 and Collected Novellas, LJ 10/1/94), contains Tales from Island Street and the Strenberg Stories, unconventional but witty and accessible works that are the perfect introduction to this major, if obscure, artist. The remainder of the volume is gathered under the title "Country Matters" and includes the stories first published under the title Khe in Halbtrauer, or "Cows in Half Mourning," a reference to the black-and-white Holsteins prevalent in North Germany. While it would be impossible to characterize such a disparate collection in a few words, Schmidt often exposes the sexual, historical, and intellectual currents that course untamed beneath the superficially placid bourgeois society of postwar Germany, thereby creating an ironic space in which an outsider like himself could find some breathing room. Highly recommended.Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
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