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The tales that Heym wrote in the last year of his life, the most powerful in German literature since Kleist, have a strong gothic flavour and prefigure the great era of the Expressionist film. An ageing, Apocalypsecrazed dropout who sees it as his God-given mission to steal and cut up the Mona Lisa, a sweet moment of memory in a corpse lying opened for autopsy, a released maniac who journeys homeward to murder his wife, the ghastly fate of a crew marooned off New Guinea - the disaffected young writer's compulsive relationship with his material is reflected in the mesmeric, spellbinding character of these stories, which partake of the violent imagery of paintings of the time. On publication they were compared to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and the prose pieces of Baudelaire.

These translations, the only ones in English, first published in 1994, are now distributed by Angel Classics.

'All these stories portray humans in extremis ... studies in madness, isolation and depravity, as well as essays in sickness, pestilence and destruction ... All this is presented in Heym's inimitable style, which combines cool observation with the most striking, lurid imagery. The translation is superb throughout.' Choice

Title details

Series Angel Classics Title The Thief
Subject German Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date June 1994 Authors Georg Heym / Susan Bennett
Binding Paperback Pages N/A
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 200
ESB Code 55074 ISBN 9781870352482
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  Price £5.95

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