Thomas Bernhard, Ernst Junger, and Arno Schmidt
are the most compelling voices in contemporary German-language literature.
His little book stirs up this sort of frustration: it's all very well to criticize Arno Schmidt
, but what did his fellows see or say?
, the great novelist, not the widely published Waldorf Astoria chef, has been called the German James Joyce and the clown prince of European fiction.
In Germany, critical activity on Arno Schmidt
(1914-79) has been running at industrial levels for several decades now, comparable to the Anglo-American Joyce industry, and for much the same reason: Schmidt is often called the German Joyce because of the lexical density, range of reference, and experimentation in his works, and he has attracted a core following that supports a good deal of publication.