Arno Schmidt, in full Arno Otto Schmidt, (born January 18, , Hamburg-Hamm , Germany—died June 3, , Celle), novelist, translator, and critic, whose. Arno Schmidt (18 January – 3 June ) was a German author and translator. He is little . Fiction[edit]. Leviathan – stories, ; Brand’s Haide – novel, ; Schwarze Spiegel – novel, ; Aus dem Leben eines Fauns – novel, Arno Schmidt: Leviathan [Leviathan] ( words) On accepting the Frankfurt Goethe Prize of , Arno Schmidt lamented that German.

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Arno Schmidt is not popular in his home country of Germany because he wrote science fiction. Germans, notoriously preoccupied with pure vs. Raymond Chandler could never have been taught writing classes there, were he a native son. The same would go for Phillip K. Dick, Aldous Huxley, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Stanislaw Lem.


Arno Schmidt, “Leviathan” (1949)

Too bad for Arno Schmidt. Born to leviwthan middle class Hamburg family inSchmidt worked briefly in a textile factory before being drafted into the Warmacht. He worked as a police translator and freelance writer during a period of listless youth and wandering that came about after the war.

He wrote some of the greatest imaginative fiction in modern Germany. Then he died very, very poor.

Why you should care: Gunter Grass is great! No, really, he is! But to give you perspective: Schmidt, like Pynchon, was experimental with prose and could create double-helixes of complex self-conscious dialogue with multiple layers of meaning.

But Schmidt was more of an individualist — he was a solipsistic pessimist who described his ideal world as the earth after an anthropogenic apocalypse. He was an atheist. But he also maintained that the world was created leviayhan a monster named Leviathan that humans could and should overthrow if it ever becomes necessary.


What you should read: His Radio Dialogsin which he acts out various authors important to him, are entertaining, but not the meat of his work. Or you could write a page book about how hard it is to translate Leviathn Traum into English.

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I think Arno Schmidt would have liked that. He did win the Fontane Prize in and the Goethe Prize in Join our mailing list to receive news from Full Stop: The Full Stop Reviews Supplement 4.

A Swarm of Dust — Evald Flisar.