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  • Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmannby Peter Wortsman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 18.32

    'It was a very momentous day, the day on which I was to be slaughtered' Bringing together tales of melancholy and madness, nightmare and fantasy, this is a new collection of the most haunting German stories from the past 200 years. Ranging from the Romantics of the early nineteenth century to works of contemporary fiction, it includes Hoffmann's... more...

  • Ghost Dance in Berlinby Peter Wortsman

    Travelers' Tales 2013; US$ 14.81

    Every great city is a restless work in progress, but nowhere is the urban impulse more in flux than in Berlin, that sprawling metropolis located on the fault line of history. A short-lived fever-dream of modernity in the Roaring Twenties, redubbed Germania and primped up into the megalomaniac fantasy of a Thousand-Year Reichstadt in the Thirties,... more...

  • Telegrams of the Soulby Peter Altenberg; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2005; US$ 16.00

    "If it be permitted to speak of ‘love at first sound,’ then that’s what I experienced in my first encounter with this poet of prose." So said Thomas Mann of the work of PeterAltenberg. A virtuoso Fin-de-Siècle Viennese innovator of what he called the "telegram style" of writing, Altenberg’s signature short prose straddles the line between the poetic... more...

  • Travel Picturesby Heinrich Heine; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2009; US$ 17.00

    Heinrich Heine (1797–1856), one of Germany’s most revered poets, is equally well-known for his idiosyncratic prose, the vibrant voice of which feels astonishingly modern in its familiar tone and thematic acrobatics. Travel Pictures comprises the accounts of four journeys taken at different times in his life. The opening "Harz Journey," a quirky chronicle... more...

  • Posthumous Papers of a Living Authorby Robert Musil; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 16.00

    This collection of exploratory pieces, short stories, and reflections was originally published in Zurich in 1936. It was the last volume Robert Musil published before his sudden death in 1942. Musil had begun to fathom the impossibility of com- pleting his monumental masterpiece The Man Without Qualities and this volume reveals a radically different... more...

  • Intimate Tiesby Robert Musil; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2019; US$ 12.99

    Two erotic novellas by one of the masters of high modernism. First published in 1911, Intimate Ties is Robert Musil's second book, consisting of two novellas, "The Culmination of Love" and "The Temptation of Silent Veronica." Each revolves around a troubled woman in the throes of her sexual and romantic woes, as their memories of the past return... more...

  • Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleistby Heinrich von Kleist; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2010; US$ 15.00

    In this extraordinary and unpredictable cross-section of the work of one of the most influential free spirits of German letters, Peter Wortsman captures the breathlessness and power of Heinrich von Kleist’s transcendent prose. These tales, essays, and fragments move across inner landscapes, exploring the shaky bridges between reason and feeling and... more...

  • The Sandmanby E.T.A. Hoffmann; Peter Wortsman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 2.80

    "Strange man, how can you have eyes for sale? Eyes? Eyes?" ' The disturbing tale of a young man's obsession with the Sandman, stealer of eyes, which has inspired writers from Sigmund Freud to Neil Gaiman. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers... more...

  • Konundrumby Franz Kafka; Peter Wortsman; Peter Wortsman

    Steerforth Press 2016; US$ 18.00

    In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka's entire opus of short prose--including works published in the author's brief lifetime, posthumously published stories, journals, and letters--for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider... more...

  • Selected Tales of the Brothers Grimmby Brothers Grimm; Peter Wortsman; Franketienne; Edouard Duval-Carrie; Pascale Monnin

    Steerforth Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    This new edition of the beloved tales of the Brothers Grimm – selected, translated and edited by Peter Wortsman - is drawn from the 1857 edition of the German original, the last edition reviewed and approved by the Brothers in their lifetime. Over the years, the Brothers' enigmatic narratives have been sanitized by Disney and children's book editors... more...

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