The Collected Stories of Wolfgang Hildesheimer

The Collected Stories of Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Language: English

Pages: 197

ISBN: 0880011319

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Collected Stories of Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Language: English

Pages: 197

ISBN: 0880011319

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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wreaths, picking them apart with an absent gaze. Striding over to him, I kissed him on both cheeks and said that his playing had been a revelation. He coolly asked whether I had expected anything else. That, I cried out excitedly, is the only way to play Malinczewsky. It was nonsense, I went on, to claim that this composer requires no rubato or change of tempo. The restrained touch, the exaggerated motoricity of the so-called Objective School 61 THE COLLECTED STORIES OF W O L F G A N G

averta­ ble accident, Martin said nothing, for he was not interested in the architect’s opinion. In order to lay the floor, the basic construction (if one could 71 THE COLLECTED STORIES OF W O L F G A N G HILDESHEIMER apply that term to something hovering in the air) had to be shored up with long girders from the ground. This unusual sight often caused passersby to halt and express their utter lack of understanding in their faces and sometimes in words, as well. Otherwise, however, the

pianos, he also repaired string instruments and gave recorder lessons. His name was Kolhaas. As I got up from the table, I could already hear him striking chords in the next room. I saw the light gray coat hanging in the closet. My wife had obviously brought it down from the attic. I was surprised, for normally my wife does something only after it no longer matters whether it gets done or not. I wrapped the coat up carefully, took the package to the post office, and mailed it. It was only then

last. They got out of their beds. Herr Giesslich was wearing a striped pajama, she had a nightgown on. He helped her into her dressing gown as into an evening coat and, already impa­ tient, he hurried up and down while she combed her hair at the dresser mirror. I had truly managed to ignite their enthu­ siasm; naturally, I wondered which enticement had tipped the 110 THE S T U D IO PARTY balance: The humanitarian qualities of the artists? Or the presence of aristocratic patrons? When I peer

at Luther’s and Wegener’s taverns. Having always been anything but averse to wine, Pilz saw an opportunity to show his drama to the theater man Devrient. But he never got the chance. For there was a young man at the next table, "behaving quite horribly in his deep Drunkenness.” Pilz learned that this was a stu­ dent named Grabbe (Christian Dietrich), who styled himself a poet and felt it was his mission to drive Shakespeare off the German stage. 19 THE COLLECTED STORIES OF W O L F G A N G

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