Bottom’s Dream

Schmidt, Arno. John E. Woods, trans.


Fine in grey cloth-coverd boards with pasted titles on front and spine, 1496 pages, 14 x 10.5″. First Edition, print run number not stated. Door-stopper. Thin cardboard slipcase (with pasted title panel and decription panel on front and rear) is Very Good with minor wear toward base. Extremely heavy book will cost a bit extra to ship. Uncommon. “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. Readers are now invited to explore its verbally provocative landscape in an English translation by John E. Woods.

Book Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

Publication Place: Dallas

Publication Date: 2016

ISBN: 9781628971590

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Weight 11 lbs