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Arno Schmidt's Zettel's Traum: An Analysis

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Arno Schmidt (1914-1979) is considered one of the most daring and influential writers of postwar Germany; the Germanist Jeremy Adler has called him a "giant of postwar German literature." Schmidt was awarded the Fontane Prize in 1964 and the Goethe Prize in 1973, and his early fiction has been translated into English to high critical acclaim, but he is not a well-known ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by Camden House (NY) (first published October 15th 2003)
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Ronald Morton
Sep 15, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it really liked it
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Despite my efforts to introduce Schmidt and particularly Zettel’s Traum to an English-speaking audience, I am aware of the difficulty of the task. One of the primary reasons lies in the book itself. A translation would destroy many unique characteristics of the book. Written in High German, various German dialects and slangs, English, and other languages, a translation would regulate or destroy the nuances of Schmidt’s play with language, inevitably leading to closure. Its linguistic density mo
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Jonfaith
Sep 18, 2016 Jonfaith rated it liked it
Reading Zettel’s Traum always makes the reader aware of what she or he does not know.

Nathan's encounter with a faulty copy steered me away.

The sheer size of the BD changed that.

I needed help.

Anyone sitting on the fence about purchasing this should read Ronald's review. I am not sure there's anything left for me to note. Am updated edition with the cited bits translated by Woods would be an IMMENSE improvement.
Abimelech Abimelech
May 07, 2016 Abimelech Abimelech rated it it was amazing
Essential to the forthcoming Woods translation of Zettel's Traum. Along the indispensable lines of Wake's Skeleton Key and the Moore annotations of The Recognitions. Looking forward going about Schmidt's opus with Langbehn nearby. It's been years since I've looked forward to a publication like this and I see nothing on the horizon thereafter as per fiction. Langbehn's analysis is just great.
Nick
Sep 10, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
A great primer and thought-provoker ahead of tackling Bottom's Dream. While not 'essential,' it does help prepare the digestion of the Dream - and with so few options of analysis available - well worth the quick 200 page read.
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