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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Known almost exclusively for writingnarrative fiction, Uwe Johnson published one book of short stories, Karsch, und andere Prosa (1960; Karsch, and other prose), and three volumes of essays and literary scholarship: Eine Reise nach Klagenfurt (1974; A Trip to Klagenfurt: In the Footsteps of Ingeborg Bachmann, 2002), Berliner Sachen (1975; Berlin essays), and Begleitumstände: Frankfurter Vorlesungen (1980; attendant circumstances: Frankfurt lectures). His most ambitious scholarly work, Eine Reise nach Klagenfurt, is a competent study concerning the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann. Berliner Sachen contains the article “Berliner Stadtbahn” (“Berlin: Border of the Divided World”) and other programmatic writings of his early career, while some of his most revealing theoretical utterances are found in Begleitumstände, the documents of his tenure as guest lecturer at the University of Frankfurt am Main in 1979.