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Collected Novellas: Collected Early Fiction, 1949-1964

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The novella was Schmidt's preferred form at the beginning of his writing career, and this volume collects the ten novellas he wrote between Entymesis (1949) and Republica Intelligentsia (1957).The settings range from ancient Greece to 21st-Century America, but all react to the stifling conservatism and cold prudery of Adenauer Germany. Bursting with intellectual and sexual ...more
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Jonfaith
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the left side of my back, the . The grassy suburban street; beyond, the flat bungalow façade. (She trampled with pleasure, and kept up her starling chatter).

Each piece from Schmidt is a tutorial in a new vision, a wonderful departure into the inseams of language and literature. The novellas appeared hardly that, more like stories out for a stroll, lunatics on the lawn. Each one possessed an upright, someone who didn't believe Pravda and saw that rent-to-own was a sham and would end in fire,
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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1.) Romans à clef ? : He shook a negating muzzle : "Don't count as a reference as such; but the persons-in-question have usually been nailed down umpteen times elsewhere."
2.) [how brightly beams the morning star] ? (as is well known, the first letters of each of the 7 verses spell out a name). : "Counts as a reference !" he confirmed.
3.) Plagiarize ?. : "You can do it as often as you like. : On the contrary ! We take that to be a good sign that someone's beginning to be forgotten, becoming a rar
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Arno Schmidt, "a giant of the modernist tradition, an enormously important talent in the fictional line of cruel comedy that runs from Rabelais through Swift and Joyce--or to say it straight out, a 'Major European Novelist,'...a very great writer." --Robert M. Adams, NYRB, 3 May 1981.

Such is the citation in Woods' introduction. But the NYRB website identifies this item behind a paywall:

Devil’s Brew
March 5, 1981
The Egghead Republic: A Short Novel from the Horse Latitudes by Arno Schmidt, transla
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James
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
A wonderful collection of tales. 4.5 /5
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Jasmine
Jul 22, 2009 marked it as partially-read
Okay I plan to be reading this book for a good while now along with Joyce. Especially seeing as these are not from what I can tell meant to be read back to back. Given that.

The first novella "Enthymesis" (which apparently means something along the lines of deliberately making one's own feelings,or the internalizations thereof, honestly wiki is attempting to translate from german and that is the best I can do). The story is a diary of a man attempting to prove that the world is an infinite disk
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1995 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Translation
Nick
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Doesn't come close to approaching the genius of his masterworks. Many of the novellas are forgettable though a few are quite good.
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Arno Schmidt, in full Arno Otto Schmidt, (born January 18, 1914, Hamburg-Hamm, Germany—died June 3, 1979, Celle), novelist, translator, and critic, whose experimental prose established him as the preeminent Modernist of 20th-century German literature.

With roots in both German Romanticism and Expressionism, he attempted to develop modern prose forms that correspond more closely to the workings of
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