H.C. Artmann


Out of print.

Translated by Malcolm Green and Derk Wynand.

The Quest for Dr. U is like all Artmann’s works: protean, spanning and subverting the genres it encompasses (detective fiction, romantic novels, heroic poetry, dada-related experimentation). Its hero pursues the ghastly Dr. Unspeakable, an ultimate villain, across continents, through situations alternately bizarre and commonplace, always enmeshed in ways of writing text. Dr. U remains a mystery, perhaps he is “not I”. A wonderful modernist novel, humorous and entertaining to boot.

…a tour de force of sheer virtuosity … a late flowering of the Austrian baroque, distinctly decadent, as Artmann is well aware, brilliantly brought off, with an elegant inventiveness peculiar to this extraordinary writer. (Michael Hamburger in The Times Literary Supplement)

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1993, ISBN: 0-947757-56-2, 116pp, paperback.
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Weight .21 kg
Dimensions 13.5 × 21 cm