The Country Road: Stories

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About the Author
Admired by Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, and particularly Rainer Maria Rilke, Regina Ullmann became famous with the 1921 publication of this collection. After a difficult life ("I went by the detour instead of by the way"), she died in 1961.
Kurt Beals is visiting associate professor of German and humanities fellow in literary translation at the University of Richmond. He has translated works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Hermann Hesse, Reiner Stach, Regina Ullmann, and Anja Utler, among others. He lives in Virginia.
A pure poetic talent: everything is full of mystery.--Hermann Hesse
To read your book for me is such a multiplicity of joys that I can only gradually cope with it.--Rainer Maria Rilke, in a letter to Regina Ullmann
Her voice is something holy.--Thomas Mann
A triumphant translation.
Regina Ullmann has a sense of authenticity and a touch of genius.--Robert Musil
Ullmann is a one-off, an original, a really deeply peculiar writer.--Michael Hofmann
Its language feels timeless--rich and cavernous and haunted.--Kevin Nguyen
Ullmann delicately balances each of her characters' emotions on a pinpoint, presenting both the beauty and fragility of every momentary feeling.--Jan Anspach
It's as if Ullmann takes biblical wisdom literature, strips it of all moral judgment, and then spins it with rotating moments of natural bliss and existential fear.--Jonathan Sturgeon