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Sehnsucht. Versuch über das erste Mal
Longing. An attempt at the first time
new in paperback spring 2011
"Sometimes it seems to me that I've fallen through life because nobody really told how it goes."
"I used to be scared of Death. Now I was scared of having to spend Father's Day on my own".
Inherently funny and at the same time morbidly sad that old "Stadler tone" is back, in this much awaited novel fom the author of the best seller "A Charming Scrap Dealer".
Arriving from Berlin, the storyteller is the yearning existentialist Arnold Stadler travelling through Germany's Lüneburger Heide. Near Schnackenburg on the Elbe he discovers two lovers and becomes a voyeur, in Bleckede he holds a lecture and in the wellness center of a three-star spa in Fallingbostel he runs into Angelika, his first love. The eddy of ardent desire leads to the sea, to memories of the last summer of youth. In "Longing. An attempt at the first time", Arnold Stadler spans a bridge from childhood to the world of maturity. "Pain's hinterland" is everywhere.
"Approach misfortune with wantonness. This could be an article in the Stadler Law of Writing".
Peter Hamm in his laudatio for the 1999 Georg Büchner Prize winner.
Arnold Stadler was born in Messkirch, Germany in 1954 and grew up on a farm in the neighboring village of Rast. He studied Catholic theology in Munich and Rome, then German philology in Freiburg and Cologne. Since 1995 he has spent most of his time in Rast. he has received several litarray awards, among others: Jürgen Ponto Foundation Advancement Grant, the Hermann Hesse Advancement Grant, Nicolas Born Prize, Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize,Georg Büchner Prize and Kleist Prize. To date some of his published works include the poetry collection "Kein Herz und keine Seele. Man muss es singen können" ("No Heart and no Soul. One Has to Be Able to Sing It.") 1986, the novels "Ich war einmal" ("I Was Once.") 1989, "Feurland" ("Fireland") 1992, "Mein Hund, meine Sau und mein Leben" ("My Dog, My Sow, My Life") 1994, "Der Tod und ich, wir zwei" ("Death and I, We Two") 1996, the novel "Ein hinreissender Schrotthändler" ("The Charming Scrap Dealer") 2000, the speech "Erbarmen mit dem Seziermesser" ("Pity with a Scalpel") and the anthology "Tohuwabohu" (both 2002) and on Adalbert Stifter "Mein Stifter" (2005).