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A Week in Literary History

December 24th, 2002

In 1931, Austrian-American experimental short story writer and novelist Walter Abish (How German Is It?, 1980) is born in Vienna.

Walter Abish, b. December 24, 1931

Abish gained a reputation in the Seventies as an experimental novelist with Alphabetical Africa, a book in which he conquered triumphantly the enormous narrative restraints he had put on himself. His subsequent How German Is It? is perhaps his best-known work, and his memoir is well worth reading.

Suggested Reading Novels Alphabetical Africa, 1974. In the Future Perfect, 1977. How German Is It?, 1980. Eclipse Fever, 1993. Memoir Double Vision: A Self-Portrait, 2004.

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