Arno Schmidt

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Arno Schmidt (18 January 1914 – 3 June 1979) was a German author and translator. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. He is considered to be one of the most important postwar German authors.[1]. His writing "ranges from (seemingly) straightforward stories to writing that assails the reader with a literary and linguistic density of the highest degree" [2]. To make his most famous work, Zettels Traum [Bottom's Dream], Schmidt wrote 130,000 note cards (Zettel). The novel is written in an unusual way. The text is written in three columns on each page. Each column has a different theme.[2] In addition, Schmidt used physical constructs in the novel that had to be added by hand.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Langbehn, Volker Max, 2003, Arno Schmidt's Zettel's Traum: An Analysis (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Zettels Traum: Der Dichter Arno Schmidt". DW.DE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Zinzin - Who was Arno Schmidt and what is Zettels Traum? Some evidentiary fragments…". Zinzin.

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