Thomas Bernhard, Ernst Junger, and Arno Schmidt
are the most compelling voices in contemporary German-language literature.
Taking its cue from G6rard Genette's seminal study of paratextuality, Seuils (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1987), it examines the roles and functions of paratextuality in the works of Arno Schmidt
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?
But this leaves him plenty of room to think about Arno Schmidt
, Peter Weiss, and Alfred Andersch, as well as Peter de Mendelssohn, a writer new to me, who seems to have put Albert Speer into a trashy novel called Die Kathedrale.
He has a harder job dealing with celebrated texts such as Die Blechtrommel and difficult figures like Celan or Arno Schmidt
, where the restriction on space makes it difficult to say anything new.
Here and there he overrated a writer (like Koeppen) or underrated one (like Arno Schmidt
), but, on the whole, he seldom failed.
In the last chapters of her book, Gnug offers a well-informed review of the Cold War dystopias of the nuclear holocaust and the "third world war," focusing on the German writer Arno Schmidt
. She maintains that German authors perceived the nuclear holocaust as a real threat and, consequently, gave literary and poetic expressions to their dystopian feelings.
The first task is to find the right leader The ideal candidate to oversee the retail foodservice operation should have business acumen, strong communication skills, knowledge of food safety and, of course be a good culinarian, says Arno Schmidt
of Arno Schmidt
Enterprises, a Jackson Heights, N.Y.
This circa 500-page tome, unencumbered by any traditionally "literary" concerns and guided by the idea of sampling and mixing, presents, for example, the literal transcription of Pierre Bourdieu's interview with a young man from a working-class suburb next to a montage of extracts from Bakhtin and Arno Schmidt
; a facsimile of one of Proust's rough drafts and a translation of the entrance exam for the New York City Police; instructions for planting gardens by the landscape architect Gilles Clement and Freud's "Session Notes"; as well as dozens of other texts by the most diverse authors, contemporary or not, illustrious or as yet unknown.