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Strange Stories

Lately I’ve developed a great liking for the author Max Dauthendey. His stories, at any rate those I’ve read and listened to so far, are really interesting and somewhat strange… but a good kind of strange.

Max Dauthendey

For the current “Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa” I’ve recorded two of his stories.

One is called “Zwei Reiter am Meer”, which means “Two Riders by the Sea”. It’s a beautiful story about somebody being invited to a dinner. It’s the dinner after the funeral of the family’s only son. The visitor strongly feels the dead son’s presence everywhere in the house and he is deeply touched by the grieving mother and her playing her son’s music on the piano. As you can imagine the story is rather sad, but very, very beautiful and I liked it a lot.

The other story is called “Likse und Panulla” and is about two women being arrested after being found drunk in the streets the previous night. They share the same cell and when somebody hands them a sponge soaked with brandy, they start to fight. The fight which starts out comical turns very serious quickly and both women end up dead.

In case you liked the stories, there are a couple more in the LibriVox Catalog and the full text can be found on Project Gutenberg.


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