Dimension2: Contemporary German-Language Literature

Jürgen Theobaldy was born in Strasbourg in 1944 and raised in Mannheim. He attended college in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Cologne, and Berlin. He has lived in Bern, Switzerland, since 1984. Influenced early on the the German student movement of the late 1960s and by American beat poets, his poetry and prose often reflect the subjective experience of everyday life. This characteristic shows in the story included in Vol. 7, No. 2/3; however, the story is unusual because it is told from a "second-person" perspective, which makes individual subjectivity seem unfamiliar because the narrator (whose own subjectivity remains "outside" the story) tells the other person ("you") about that person's subjective experience.

Bruchstück, für Sappho (Fragment, for Sappho) from Midlands. Drinks (Heidelberg: Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 1984): Vol. 3, No. 3
Das Sattelfest (Celebrating a Firm Grip on the Bicycle) from In der Ferne zitternde Häuser (Heidelberg: Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2000): Vol. 7, No. 2/3


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