Two Novels: The Stony Heart and B/Moondocks

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About the Author

Arno Schmidt (1914-1979) was born in the working-class suburb of Hamburg-Hamm, Germany. Drafted into the army in 1940, he served in the artillery at a flak base in Norway until the end of the war. After being held as a prisoner of war for eight months, he worked briefly as an interpreter for the British military police. His first book, Leviathan, was published in 1949. In 1958 Schmidt moved to the village of Bargfeld near Celle. Over the next twenty years, until his death, he wrote some of the landmarks of postwar German literature, many of which are available in translation from Dalkey Archive Press.
John E. Woods won both the 1981 American Book Award and PEN award for his translation of Schmidt's Evening Edged in Gold and has published a translation of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks.


In a style often compared to that of Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Schmidt creates a kind of dreamlike narration that relies heavily on wordplay (especially neologisms) and floats in and out of the ...more characters' subconsciouses . . . Schmidt captures a colloquial German speech that Woods deftly translates.
A fascinating work . . . Here's hoping that translator Woods is at work on the rest of Schmidt's demanding [and] rewarding oeuvre.