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[[ Read Kindle ]] ë The Egghead Republic · Charles Henry Winer, a journalist who in the yeartravels across the hominid zone, a post nuclear wasteland in the western united states, to visit IRAS the International Republic of Artists and Scientists El alma del tirano Formindalls sin haberme dado tiempo a explicarles lo que ard a all abajo Y para ampliar mi informaci n me dijeron Es el esp ritu maligno que nos ha creado Los ha creado entonces el esp ritu del mal , pregunt yo interesado, mientras ellos se mostraban sorprendidos por mi pregunta Por supuesto Es que lo ha creado a usted un esp ritu bueno Y luego agreg que por algo era l el jefe, campe n y pensador de su raza Existe un esp ritu del bien 20 Yo p El alma del tirano Formindalls sin haberme dado tiempo a explicarles lo que ard a all abajo Y para ampliar mi informaci n me dijeron Es el esp ritu maligno que nos ha creado Los ha creado entonces el esp ritu del mal , pregunt yo interesado, mientras ellos se mostraban sorprendidos por mi pregunta Por supuesto Es que lo ha creado a usted un esp ritu bueno Y luego agreg que por algo era l el jefe, campe n y pensador de su raza Existe un esp ritu del bien 20 Yo prefer no responder no me sent a muy c modo suponiendo que alguna vez me hubiera sentido as en mi piel rosada In post apocalyptic 2008, a journalist reports on his voyage the across mutant overrun western U.S in search of a Uptopian floating Genius City Translated from supposed American original, into the dead German language as a form of censorship, with various askance commentary from the translator one of the last 120 or so Germans alive, which everyone seems to deem a good thing given the three world wars Sardonicly written in reality in the jarring syntax of they say postwar West Germany In post apocalyptic 2008, a journalist reports on his voyage the across mutant overrun western U.S in search of a Uptopian floating Genius City Translated from supposed American original, into the dead German language as a form of censorship, with various askance commentary from the translator one of the last 120 or so Germans alive, which everyone seems to deem a good thing given the three world wars Sardonicly written in reality in the jarring syntax of they say postwar West Germany s Joyce Arno Schmidt is a pretty unique character, and though I liked his first novels pretty well, I d been holding out my hopes for his later, weirder developments, of the sort on display in this 1957 sci fi story.Very much a distorting mirror of its time, it reflects the realities of the divided East West world and Germany , various failures to learn from the past eugenics are back in both U.S and U.S.S.R policy , and the beginnings of post war sexual liberation, though in the generally cavalier sexist manner that keeps me away from a lot of the big early post war American writers Though I can t be sure how much of that is Schmidt versus the cavalier, sexist American narrator, who Schmidt sets the translator complaining about incessantly, and hilariously so probably Schmidt is the balance of the two Plotwise, certainly the most entertaining of his works I ve read, what with the mutants, the attempted murders, the satire, the Bad Science, general twistiness, and the rather chilling image we re left with of the state that Cold War world would be stuck in for 30 some years after the publication of this book, even Here s another gem in my Arno SChmidt collection of works This is a rather short novel it s called a novel in the subtitle, and who am I to argue and the prose is surprisingly readable even for people who are not experienced in His creations.I read this shortly after KAFF and that might have been a tactical mistake on my part, because there is quite an overlap between the two when it comes to themes and motifs.The Earth is pretty much kaput after a devastating nuclear war not entirely dest Here s another gem in my Arno SChmidt collection of works This is a rather short novel it s called a novel in the subtitle, and who am I to argue and the prose is surprisingly readable even for people who are not experienced in His creations.I read this shortly after KAFF and that might have been a tactical mistake on my part, because there is quite an overlap between the two when it comes to themes and motifs.The Earth is pretty much kaput after a devastating nuclear war not entirely destroyed as in KAFF, but still pretty bad The radiation has produced new lifeforms like big spiders and butterflies who look a bit like humans they have human faces and a strand of Centaurs who are dwelling in a no go zone called the Hominid strip in western USA which is fenced off by giant walls from the rest of the nation Thru this zone the reporter Charles Henry Winer is travelling in order to get to and visit the famous IRAS International Republic for Artists and Scientists , which is some kind of island or rather raft, because it can be moved by propellers and where American and Russian Eggheads are living, doing their things One might expect some kind of utopia there and Winer is inclined to find out in the short period of time he is allowed to stay This is his travel journal Winer wrote it in English, and some translator was allowed to translate it into German This is because German is considered a dead language now, after the war, which hardly any German survived I wonder how this linguistic conundrum is solved in the English translation of the book Anyway, Winder is the main character, but the translator becomes a character too through his many snarky footnotes And Arno SChmidt himself appears in the book as the Great Great Uncle of Winer And this is were it gets a little weird, because in the real world there is an American named Dave Winer, who is a grandnephew of SChmidt, and who was born in 1955, two years prior to the publication It is hard to imagine that the author used his two year old grandnephew as a model for one of his characters But, you never know with SChmidt.In any case, this is, again in my opinion, a book worth reading and not at all unqualified as an introductory work to this great German author This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License Schmidts Urgro neffe Charles Henry Winer War kein feiner Mann gewesen, mein Urgro onkel wenn auch vielleicht n mittelgro er bekommt als Journalist die M glichkeit, in Amerika den Korridor des nach einem weiteren Weltkrieg atomverseuchten Hominidenstreifens zu durchqueren, wo Menschen durch die Strahlung zu Zentauren und Insekten mit Menschenk pfen mutiert sind, und anschlie end die IRAS, die sogenannte Gelehrtenrepublik, zu besuchen eine schwimmende Insel, auf der Gehirntiere aller noc Schmidts Urgro neffe Charles Henry Winer War kein feiner Mann gewesen, mein Urgro onkel wenn auch vielleicht n mittelgro er bekommt als Journalist die M glichkeit, in Amerika den Korridor des nach einem weiteren Weltkrieg atomverseuchten Hominidenstreifens zu durchqueren, wo Menschen durch die Strahlung zu Zentauren und Insekten mit Menschenk pfen mutiert sind, und anschlie end die IRAS, die sogenannte Gelehrtenrepublik, zu besuchen eine schwimmende Insel, auf der Gehirntiere aller noch existenten Nationen eine reservat gesch tzte Existenz f hren unter Bedingungen, die eigentlich paradiesisch sein k nnten Praktisch eine Fahrt in Richtung Elysium nischt wie G tter und Heroengespr che Die Reise durch den Hominidenstreifen ist oberfl chlich noch als eine Abenteuergeschichte mit Ankl ngen an Verne und May zu lesen, wobei Schmidt, gegen den nach Ver ffentlichung der SEELANDSCHAFT MIT POCAHONTAS gerade erst wegen des Verdachts der Pornographie ein Ermittlungsverfahren gef hrt wurde, nicht wenig riskiert mit der Darstellung des tierischen Geschlechtsverkehrs zwischen Winer und der jungen Zentaurin Thalja Auch einem Freundschaftsspiel Menschen gegen Zentis kann Winer zusehen, aber dann geht s ab auf die Insel Und hier ist schon lange nicht alles paradiesisch die alte Konkurrenz zwischen West und Ost treibt auch hier ihre Bl ten, und die beschr nken sich nicht auf b rokratische Wurschteleien Gegen Ende erf hrt Winer, was er lieber nicht gewusst h tte Die Russen verpflanzen Gehirne amerikanischer Konkurrenten in Tiere, im Gegenzug versetzen die Amis berlegene russische Schachspieler in einen zwanzig Jahre w hrenden k nstlichen Tiefschlaf Verdammt, die GELEHRTENREPUBLIK sollte man nicht lesen, wenn man zur Schwermut neigt Schmidts Prosa schl gt wie immer berreich Funken Ged chtnisriese f r farbigen Wortschatz , aber Winers Unbehagen auf der IRAS, das mit jeder neuen Enth llung zunimmt, bertr gt sich auch auf mich An das Gute im Menschen zu glauben, f llt dem Nachfahr des Aufkl rers Schmidt immer schwerer Werde meine Knochen k nftig auch noch mehr in Pflanzenfarben und formen verkleiden, da ich weniger an mich zu denken brauche In dieser postapokalyptischen Welt sind selbst die Halbmenschen, die Zentauren, menschlicher als die Bewohner der Gelehrtenrepublik, die sich ihren Eitelkeiten ergeben, auf hohem Niveau faulenzen oder die alten Macht und R nkespiele weiter treiben Flucht in die Natur, weg vom Menschen Ein Thema, dass von Anfang an in Schmidts Werk pr sent ist, und das sich hier sehr auf mich bertragen hat.Manchmal m chte man am Mensch Sein verzweifeln