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Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction 1949-1964 (German and Austrian Literature) Hardcover – December 1, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Schmidt (1914-1979), often called "the German Joyce," began his publishing career in 1949 with the violent, fantasmagoric novella "Leviathan," which details the desperate final hours of Hitler's Berlin. Also gathered here are the author's nine other novellas, most of which are characterized by an aggressive, elliptical speed that resembles a kind of crazed journal writing. Many of the narratives are set in the ancient world, whose Imperial Rome is clearly meant to be analogous to Hitler's Reich. In "Enthymesis," we follow a Greek scientific expedition into the African desert, where the narrator attempts to rival Eratosthenes's calculations of the circumference of the earth. His jolting, deranged diary records the disintegration of his mission and its termination in the imaginary city of Hell, Weilaghiri (a place that turns up elsewhere in Schmidt's fiction). Schmidt ferociously satirizes the fascistic empire of the Greek conqueror in "Alexander." His prose yields arresting images-a peasant in "Leviathan," for instance, holding her child's severed head over "a greasy scarlet puddle"-and translator Woods seems to do justice to the author's glaring eccentricities of style and punctuation. But the style seems as dated as the objects of its satiric ire; only fleetingly does it produce genuine surprise and shock.
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Often compared to James Joyce for his experiments in language and form, Schmidt is perhaps the most idiosyncratic of Germany's major postwar writers. This collection of ten novellas is the first of four volumes in an ambitious project to issue Schmidt's early fiction (1949-64) in English translation. Included are the fierce Leviathan, set in the waning months of World War II, which articulates many of the fundamental themes of Schmidt's early fiction; Lake Scenery with Pocahontas, which brought about an obscenity trial for the author when first published, thus demonstrating the prudishness of the Adenauer era that Schmidt so often railed against; and Republica Intelligentsia, previously published in English in a different translation as The Egghead Republic, which is perhaps Schmidt's most popular text. Translator Woods has done an admirable job in recreating in English Schmidt's exuberant, mutlifaceted style. Highly recommended for modern literary fiction collections.
Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
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Product Details

  • Series: German and Austrian Literature
  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; F First Edition edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156478066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564780669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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fun to read ! unique way of writing. (even though, if one isn't from germany with a broad and deep humanistic education, it's nearly impossible to get some of the punch lines. that's why only 4 stars, also his obsession with HIS favorite authors can get a little tiring. ) also: schmidt is an idealist as well as a moralist. this way of thinking (not uncommon in germany), which probably goes back to the fact of being a soldier and p.o.w in ww2, may leave the american pragmatists and opportunists scratching their heads and shrugging their shoulders.
never-less, reading schmidt is intellectually stimulating, not unlike playing a nice game of chess. (can get addictive!)
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