This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.
Volker Langbehn, a professor at SF State University, will be joined in conversation with the Center for the Art of Translation's Michael Holtmann in this celebration of Arno Schmidt's Bottom's Dream.
Praise for Arno Schmidt:
"A giant of postwar German literature." - New York Times
"Arno Schmidt . . . was an enormously important talent in the fictional line of cruel comedy that runs from Rabelais through Swift and Joyce―or to say it straight out: a major European novelist." - New York Review of Books
"Reading Arno Schmidt can be addictive."- Times Literary Supplement
"A truly witty and innovative writer." - Chicago Tribune
"(A) treasure house of post-Joycean language-games, the projection of a complex and crotchety personality, a unique blend of fiction, conversation pieces and literary criticism, humorous and obsessed, intellectually adventurous and stuffily provincial, polyglot and archetypically German" - S. S. Prawer, Times Literary Supplement
About Bottom's Dream:
I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was, says Bottom. I have had a dream, and I wrote a Big Book about it, Arno Schmidt might have said. Schmidt's rare vision is a journey into many literary worlds. First and foremost it is about Edgar Allan Poe, or perhaps it is language itself that plays that lead role; and it is certainly about sex in its many Freudian disguises, but about love as well, whether fragile and unfulfilled or crude and wedded. As befits a dream upon a heath populated by elemental spirits, the shapes and figures are protean, its protagonists suddenly transformed into trees, horses, and demigods. In a single day, from one midsummer dawn to a fiery second, Dan and Franzisca, Wilma and Paul explore the labyrinths of literary creation and of their own dreams and desires.
Since its publication in 1970 "Zettel's Traum/Bottom's Dream" has been regarded as Arno Schimdt's magnum opus, as the definitive work of a titan of postwar German literature.
"I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was," says Bottom. "I have had a dream, and I wrote a Big Book about it," Arno Schmidt might have said. Schmidt's rare vision is a journey into many literary worlds.