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Collected Stories (1996) [Collection]
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Series: Collected Early Fiction, 1949-1964
Part: 3

Summary (From the publisher):

Gathered here are all of the short stories that Arno Schmidt wished to preserve. They are grouped under three headings: the first two, Tales from Island Street and Sturenburg Stories, are a perfect spot to test Schmidtian waters, to hear the voice of a master storyteller. Twenty-five short tales written for a wide audience, they all share an eerie whimsy. It is as if Schmidt's beloved German Romantics were here with new stories for the modern reader. And then there is Country Matters, longer, more experimental stories written for the adventurous reader. Joyce and Freud are constant inspirations, but Schmidt's unique brand of intellectual ribaldry, shot through with the pain of our common humanity, enlivens all ten stories. Of the thirty-five stories in this volume, only two have previously appeared in English translation. Ranging from Schmidt at his most inviting and whimsical to Schmidt at his most cerebral and complex, the stories are a perfect introduction to his work.


  • Drummer for the Czar
  • Trading Keys
  • The Day the Cactus Bloomed
  • Neighbor, Death and Solidus
  • Hurrah for the Gypsy Life
  • Cautious People
  • Strange Days
  • Rolling Night
  • What Shall I Do?
  • Rivals
  • At the Telescope
  • Tales from the Isle of Man
  • Field Trip
  • Song of the Meter
  • Moondog and Pink Eyes
  • Prone-Told Tale
  • An Advance on Life
  • The Howling House
  • Summer Meteor
  • Guerrilla War
  • The Water Lily
  • He Looked Too Much Like Him
  • Black Hair
  • Tall Grete
  • Little Gray Mouse
  • Windmills
  • Sunward ...
  • Tails
  • Cows in Half Mourning
  • Great Cain
  • Tools by Kunde
  • Piporakemes!
  • The Waterway
  • New Year's Eve Adventures
  • Caliban upon Setebos

Original title: Collected Stories
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: Collected Stories

Collected Stories (1996)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: John E. Woods
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Collected Stories (1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Normal, IL
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 1564781348
Pages: 306

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