“I demand by law that no later than 50 years after the death of a writer, his biography not only should but must be published.”
He stylised himself as a lone wolf, and his readership still sees itself as a select community. Despite this, Arno Schmidt has become a modern classic. And yet, a definitive biography that does justice to his extensive estate has not been published until now. Sven Hanuschek identifies a wealth of new sources that reveal a new, comprehensive view of Schmidt’s figure, even debunking some popular myths. He also guides the reader through Schmidt’s colossal oeuvre which is one of the highlights of German 20th-century literature. This biography is a long-awaited book, not only by Arno Schmidt’s community of followers.