Arno J Dalz-Anbor

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Arno J Dalz-Anbor
Arno J Dalz-Anbor
Arno Dalz-Anbor, aged 20, photographed in 1935 while serving at the Klóm Military Base.
Born14/07/1915 in Fíra, Ullanne
Died22/01/1963 in Etatono, Ullanne
Cause of DeathMurdered
Resting PlaceWater Burial, Beté Mek, Ullanne
EducationMilitary College at Koto Dyáhom
MovementNew Line literature
ReligionAgsán Peripheral
Spouse(s)Trina Serat-Monz
ChildrenCasta Serat-Anbor
ConvictionsDrug trafficking
Penalties3 years hard labour

Arno Jadoka Dalz-Anbor (14th July 1915 - 22nd January 1963) was an Ullanyé writer. He was a key figure in the New Line Literary Revival movement and a major post-modernist author. Dalz-Anbor wrote thirteen novels, four collections of short stories and was a regular contributor to surrealist magazine, The Offal. He was born into a middle class family in Fíra and was sent at an early age to a military college as a boarding recruit. He went on to become a successful soldier but was dishonourably discharged in 1939 after becoming addicted to the Caztobal plant, a dependency that would affect him for the rest of his life. Returning to civilian life he worked in a variety of menial jobs, renting an apartment in Etatono with an old school friend and columnist, Fran Mikal-Swar who encouraged him to write about his experiences in the army. He was introduced to, and became a part of, the 1940s Etatono underground scene. He was a charismatic figure who gained a reputation as a great storyteller and womaniser.

The 1940s in Antarephia

10th Anniversary Paxlinga Edition of 'Your God Stood Up', published by Folio Hisperko VortFabrikon

During the 40s he travelled extensively in Antarephia and supported himself by selling stories to magazines. During time in Paxtar he was arrested and convicted of drug smuggling, spending 3 years in the Costamedia Correctional Facility. The novel, Your God Stood Up, is a semi autobiographical account of his time in prison, depicting the harsh realities of the Paxtaren justice system.

The 1950s in Ullanne

On his release he returned to Ullanne where he eventually met and married Trina Serat-Monz, an advertising account executive from Etatono. The couple shared a blue-stone row house in the Sublimek neighbourhood and it was here that Dalz-Anbor wrote the majority of his final stories. During this time the couple had daughter, Casta Serat-Anbor.

Death and Final Work

In January 1963 Dalz-Anbor was shot and killed during an altercation in a public park. He was buried at Beté Mek, Fíra in the Agsán rites of Water Burial. The following year his last novel, Loaded, was published.

Selected Works

A publicity photograph of Arno Dalz-Anbor, aged 34, taken in 1949 from the sleeve of his novel, Mosquito.
  • Mosquito
  • The Universal
  • Your God Stood Up
  • Under Tobal
  • My Cousin Odd
  • The Beehive
  • What Happens Next
  • My Ugly Boy
  • The Wake Up Kit
  • Loaded

The Universal

La Universala, 1954 TreKult VortFabrikon edition.

The Universal was Dalz-Anbor's second full length novel, originally published in 1954. The book is structured around a series of loosely related vignettes and interview transcripts. Dalz-Anbor has stated these chapters can and should be read in any order. The text follows the narrator, a drug addict and petty criminal, Arno Tras, who takes on many pseudonyms during the novel. The plot is nonlinear and skips between many real Antarephian locations including the Ullanne highlands where he is introduced to the psychotropic Caztobel flower, a secure medical facility in Gonfragerra, Paxtar, as well as the fictional 'Outsealand... a somnarquatic underisland that... lies beyond the Hesperic'.

The vignettes are drawn from Dalz-Anbor's own drug fuelled experiences travelling in continental Antarephia during the 1940s.

The novel has been included in Templinio magazine's '100 Best Canto Language Novels of the 20th Century'. In February 2003, a film adaption by director Zadoko Vasa-Verta was released and went on to win that year's Best Picture Award at the Golden Delta Film Festival.

The Universal is considered to be Dalz-Anbor's seminal work and a watershed publication in the history of Ullanyé Literature. Completed in 1951 the novel was initially banned from publication in Ullanne due to its subject matter and obscene language. It was published in 1954 after a successful court case brought by the publisher, TreKult VortFabrikon, overturning the government censor's decision to prohibit publication. Drug use, violence and other counter-cultural behaviour in the novel was objected to by socially conservative pressure groups and in the following years several school and library authorities tried have it delisted.

Despite initial controversy the novel garnered positive reviews from most serious literary critics. The radical writing style and graphic depiction of Antarephian drug culture has ensured Dalz-Anbor's place as among the most influential of the 1950s New Line writers.

Film Adaptation
In 1961 Dalz-Anbor had drafted a script based on a selection of the vignettes which was purchased by media group, Urboparadiza Lumo Registran ULR, but the project was shelved in pre-production. During the 1980s several unsuccessful attempts were made to produce a film of the novel. In 2001 an independent film company, Iom Menso LR, bought the rights and began production with director Zadoko Vasa-Verta. On general release Spring 2003 the film won a number of national and international awards, becoming the second highest grossing domestic film in Ullanne.


  • Dalz-Anbor, Arno J. (2005). La Universala. (Folio Hisperko V/Fabrikon) ISBN 1-5507-5861-2.
  • Le Universala Denove: Datreveno Eseoj, eldonita de Olivo Teras-Mahal & Siminol Rugo-Dat (2011) Etatono Universitato V/Fabrikon. ISBN 1-7501-1012-2.