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The Collected Stories of Wolfgang Hildesheimer

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Book by Hildesheimer, Wolfgang
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published December 31st 1987 by Ecco Press (first published 1987)
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Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
". . . standing among cloth-draped cages in the nocturnal dimness of the bird shop. The owner asked me what I would like.
"An owl, please," I said.
"Aha," he said, winking, as if relishing the shrewd expertise of his client. "You're a connoisseur. Most customers make the mistake of selecting an owl in the daylight. Should I gift-wrap it?"
"No. It's for me. I'd like to carry it to Athens."" (pp 79-80)


What imagination could conjure the "owl of Athena", not literally but as the basis for a short story
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A guy crawls inside a guitar. A society party spins on as the artificial island where it is being held slowly sinks. A man buys an owl (not gift-wrapped) to take it to the Parthenon in Athens. A guy buys a locamotive from another guy in a bar. A world-reknown concert pianist dreams of selling insurance. One man's life is celebrated due to the seeemingly benign things he prevented from happening.

Hildesheimer's gentle, quirky stories are highbrow without being fussy. This collection is great becau
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, short-stories
Some of the stories are really funny.
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Archly funny, surrealistic short stories
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