David Abish is an American author of experimental novels and short stories. Born in Vienna, he immigrated to the United States in 1957.
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Early Life and Education
David Abish was one of the most acclaimed and influential experimental American writers of his generation. Born to Adolph and Friedl Abish in Vienna, Austria, he immigrated to America in 1957 and became a citizen.
He taught at several eastern universities and colleges, such as the University of Buffalo, Empire State College and Brown, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Additionally, he wrote three novels and three collections of short stories.
He is best known for his first novel, Alphabetical Africa (a 52-chapter book consisting solely of words beginning with “A”) and In the Future Perfect, a collection of experimental stories that juxtapose words in unexpected patterns. However, his work also explores how history affects modern Germans today.
Achievement and Honors
David Abish was renowned as a writer, philanthropist and architect. He won numerous awards over the years; one of his most memorable being induction into Harvard Ghouls literature club. Additionally, David was active in New York City’s art community; spending much time at Museum of Modern Art during its opening season. Additionally, David earned himself a place on the short list for architects selected to construct a new tower in Central Park; additionally, he frequented Manhattan’s most exclusive dining establishments.
Aside from his many literary accolades, he was also a dedicated family man. His marriage to Cecile Gelb proved successful for nearly five decades, as they shared an enriching life together.
Abish’s experimental novels and short stories, such as How German Is It/Wie Deutsch ist es (1980), which won the first PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, take language itself as their subject matter. These works explore postwar Europe by recreating bourgeois communities in exotic cities like Vienna or Shanghai, as well as Israel itself.
In Alphabetical Africa, his 1974 collection of short stories, Abish sets himself several unconventional rules–each story must begin with “A” and end with “J,” for instance–that liberate him from traditional constraints on plotline, character development, and narrative arc. As a result, Abish’s stories are unpredictable and captivating.
Abish’s novel Double Vision, featuring two interweaving narratives–“The Writer-To-Be” and “The Writer,” recounts his childhood in pre-Nazi Vienna, his family’s escape to France and Shanghai before finally settling in Israel. These narratives are remarkably fresh and captivating.
David Abish has an estimated net worth of approximately $5 million, which is based on his earnings as a model and brand endorsements.
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