Peter Schneider

Edited by Colin Riordan

Edited by Colin Riordan

Distributed for University of Wales Press

136 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1995
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780708312896 Published January 1995 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Peter Schneider is a seminal figure in contemporary German writing.  Initially prominent for his involvement in the student movement, he has consistently focused on problems at the heart of German national and cultural identity: the legacy of Auschwitz, the student revolt, neo-Nazi violence, the Green movement, and, above all, the division and subsequent unification of Germany.  From the influential Lenz (1973) to the challenging yet accessible Paarungen (1992), Schneider's fiction and essays bring meticulous intellectual analysis to what he himself describes as a neglected 'deutsche Tradition von Ironie, Leichtigkeit, Humor'.
The first book in English or German to be devoted exclusively to Peter Schneider, this collection of essays is intended both as an introduction for the general reader and as a resource for the specialist.  It contains a previously unpublished piece by Schneider, together with a revealing interview and a biographical sketch.  The contributions on various aspects of the author's fiction and essays are complemented by the fullest bibliography to date of Schneider's primary works as well as a select list of secondary sources.
List of contributors
1   Anfänge
        Peter Schneider
2   Peter Schneider: A Biographical Sketch
        Colin Riordan
3   Gespräch mit Peter Schneider
        Colin Riordan und Rhys W. Williams
4   Die Mauern im Kopf - "Es muss einmal... ein Ende haben mit dem gekrümmten Gang"
        Stephan Reinhardt
5   'Ein gewisses Mass subjektiver Verzweiflung...'" Peter Schneider's Lenz
        Rhys W. Williams
6   Defending an Exemplary Failure: On the Paradoxical Unity of Atempause, Die Wette and Other Works by Peter Schneider
        R. M. Gillett
7   'Die Lustmaschine'" Science, Myth and Progress in Peter Schneider's Paarungen
        Colin Riordan
8   Bibliography
        Duncan Large
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