Zwanzig oder dreißig Väter

Donald Barthelme als Kleistleser – zwei Hinweise:
Tracy Daugherty: Hiding Man. A Biography of Donald Barthelme (New York 2009):
»As Don explained years later, a writer becomes a writer ›by selecting fathers. In the beginning, you know, I thought Hemingway was as far as writing could go. … I didn’t even know there was a Heinrich von Kleist. … I didn’t know anything about Kafka at that point, and how can you write without at least knowing that Kafka exists? … As one reads more and more and more you get more fathers in your hierarchy of fathers. And then, after summoning twenty or thirty fathers, perhaps you are born‹.«
John Barth in der NY Times (3. September 1989):
»He then produced for the seminar his ›short list‹: five books he recommended to the attention of aspiring American fiction writers. No doubt the list changed from time to time; just then it consisted of Rabelais’s ›Gargantua and Pantagruel,‹ Laurence Sterne’s ›Tristram Shandy,‹ the stories of Heinrich von Kleist, Flaubert’s ›Bouvard and Pecuchet‹ and Flann O’Brien’s ›At Swim-Two-Birds‹ – a fair sample of the kind of nonlinear narration, sportive form and cohabitation of radical fantasy with quotidian detail that mark his own fiction. He readily admired other, more ›traditional‹ writers, but it is from the likes of these that he felt his genealogical descent.«

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