The Collected Stories

The Collected Stories

by Arno Schmidt

Gathered here are all of the short stories that Arno Schmidt wished to preserve.See more details below


Gathered here are all of the short stories that Arno Schmidt wished to preserve.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nobody 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 : - was Something up with me now?") and a strange, sly sense of humor-all deftly rendered by Woods, translator of the recent excellent editions of Buddenbrooks and The Magic Mountain. The result is experimental fiction of a very high order, narrative that will blow the socks off some readers while leaving others confused and alienated. The first two sections of this collection, titled "Tales from Island Street" and "Strenburg Stories," respectively, are a excellent places to begin deciphering Schmidt. The freelance writings of an author desperate for money, these short stories are much more accessible than Schmidt's longer work, while still maintaining his unique voice. The final section, "Country Matters," comes like a blow from a sledgehammer. The stories are longer, much more complex, and allusions to Joyce, Freud and scientific theorems flicker by at an unheard-of speed. For a collection spanning multiple levels of postwar German experimental fiction, it's hard to do much better than this book. (Dec.)
Library Journal
This, 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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Product Details

Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
German and Austrian Literature Series, #3
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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