At the Blue Monkey

33 Outlandish Stories
Wakefield Press
  • erschienen am 13. August 2020
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  • 192 Seiten
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978-1-939663-66-5 (ISBN)

Walter Serner's first story collection, published in German in 1921, brought to narrative form the philosophy of his earlier Dada manifesto/handbook, Last Loosening: A Handbook for the Con Artist & Those Who Wish to Be One-life is a con job and demands the skills of a swindler. With its depiction of a world of appearances in which nothing can be trusted, At the Blue Monkey helped establish the ex-doctor and renounced Dadaist as a literary "Maupaussant of crime" and offers in this first English translation 33 stories of criminals, con artists and prostitutes engaged in varieties of financial insolvency, embezzlement, sexual hijinks, long and short cons, and dalliances with venereal diseases and drugs. Told in a baroque, sometimes baffling poetry of underworld slang in an urban world of bars and rent-a-rooms, these short tales are presented to the reader like so many three-card Montes in which readers come to realize too late that they may well themselves be the literary mark. Walter Serner (1889-1942) helped found the Dada movement and embodied its most cynical and anarchic aspects. After breaking with the movement, he began publishing crime stories and the 1925 novel The Tigress. Moving constantly across Europe, he eventually disappeared and was rumored to have vanished into the criminal milieu he wrote about; in fact he had returned to Czechoslovakia, married and become a schoolteacher. In 1942, he and his wife presumably died after being moved from a concentration camp, his books banned and burned by the Nazis.

  • Englisch
  • La Vergne
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  • USA
  • 0,52 MB
978-1-939663-66-5 (9781939663665)
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Translator's Introduction: A Place Out of the Sun
  • Scene in the Garret
  • The Thing about Hot Velvet
  • A Procuror of Note
  • Two Asses
  • A Tightrope Act
  • Philipp Wants Revenge
  • How Klara Lost Patience
  • The Bralasuring Saravala
  • A Queer Conversation
  • The Fruit
  • Kuhle's Strange Lesson
  • The Seduction of Mizzi
  • Put in Her Place
  • The Bosom Friend
  • The Red Line
  • The Big Shot
  • An Untenable Arrangement
  • The Art of Living
  • Count Ramuz Okenpunkoll's Good Fortune
  • Indefinite Jest
  • Run, Lola, Run!
  • An Embarrassing Interruption of Service
  • Ms. Baumöl
  • Doctor Sahob
  • The Revenge of Calenovich the Serb
  • La dupe glissée
  • Nierenräumer and Socialism
  • Angelic Interlude
  • The Enchantment of the Excentrique Fanoche
  • Shady Business
  • Meg the Troublist
  • Miss Anna's Most Fateful Fling
  • Hidden Talent

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