One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Stopfkuchen = Cake Stuffer = Tubby Schaumann

Already a third the way through.

The title has been translated (some say badly, because it's not as "shocking" as Stopfkuchen = Cake Stuffer, the cruel nickname Tubby was given by his fellow classmates as a boy) as Tubby Schaumann: A Tale of Murder and the High Seas.

Edward, an old school chum of Tubby's, is the narrator. Currently he's sitting with Tubby beneath a linden tree, outside of Tubby's Red Bank Farm. I think Tubby's easing into how he solved a murder; not quite sure.

"Yes, yes, Edward," said Schaumann, "go forth of the ark! Some are sent out into the world to found a kingdom or an empire, others to secure an estate at the Cape of Good Hope, and others again just to capture a little country girl, one whose native good spirits have been stifled and who has a poor devil of a papa who himself is tormented almost to madness--to capture her, I say, and to acquaint her with Henriette Davidi's cookbook and with Heinrich Schaumann's likewise dreadfully stifled desires for a little happiness and dignity."
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