About This Site
It all started when I happened across a somewhat abused copy of Die Kunst des Mittelalters [The Art of the Middle Ages] in the used book bin of my local public library. I instantly fell for the short prose. It reminded me of the short/flash fiction of Kafka, Borges, and Barry Yourgrau. Unfortunately attempts to find more work by the author failed miserably.
Then the internet happened. Eventually, I crossed paths with several people who were also interested in Ungeheuer but had the same problems as I. Together we formed a collection pool, submitting whatever little snippet of information we came across. This virtual museum is the culmination of these collections composed of Xerox copies, fax paper, dog-eared books, water stained magazines, and digital scans. It will be continuously updated as the collection grows. We hope that by reviving interest in Ungeheuer's work, we will open the doors further on the unique Ungeheuer treasures that remain undiscovered.
I'd like to thank our translators and collectors: Jeremy Osborn, Del Weichler, Vera Warner, Joanna Hoit, Susan Steinmann, Paul Richards, Al Jergen, T Schaaf, Holly Ackermann, Sylvia Fessler, and, of course, the wonderful Tasia Harper, without whom this site would barely equal a paragraph.
Why is the site "cockroach.org"?
As a young kid in 1920s Berlin, Ungeheuer hung out with Uncle with some of the greatest artists and writers of the day. As a bit of a mascot, Ungeheuer's good-natured nickname (and perhaps occasionally not so good-natured) was "kleine Kakerlake," or "little cockroach." After starting his writing again in New York City, he occasionally used the pseudonym "Cockroach" or "the Cockroach." Also cockroach.org is slightly easier to share than kungeheuer.org (although you'll find this content at that domain too)
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