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An interesting case with Dalmatians , which was known as Pongo und Perdita in its first release years, but later was officially renamed to Dalmatiner. Likewise with The Sword in the Stone. Actually that sounds even better in English. For The Little Mermaid the protagonists name was added but the "little" got dropped, and thus became known as Arielle, die Meerjungfrau. The Prisoner of Zenda is a very odd case. The title of the book and film are directly translated as "Der Gefangene von Zenda". Die Hard is Stirb langsam , "Die Slowly".

Which is in German the common name for Carcharodon carcharias , the great white shark in English. For some bizarre reason, We Were Soldiers became We Were Heroes even though overly patriotic themes are typically looked down on in Germany. L'eclisse released in became Liebe Remarkably its action is set in The Musical had its title translated literally — Dance of the Vampires.

Gaslight is Das Haus der Lady Alquist. Horrible Bosses was renamed "Kill the boss". Indeed, lots of German journalists like to use "der Stadtneurotiker" as a kind of nickname for Allen. Bend It Like Beckham was released as Kick It Like Beckham in Germany, because "kick" is a more familiar word - a number of German football clubs are called Kickers , and the toy known as foosball in America is a Kicker. Parents became, believe it or not, Pfui Teufel, Daddy ist ein Kannibale "Yuck, daddy [sic] is a cannibal". Sixteen Candles became Das darf man nur als Erwachsener "You're only allowed to do that as an adult".

Miss Congeniality is Miss Undercover. Trouble with the Curve became Back in the Game. Quite often West German distributors will want to give a film a more "badass" or at least more dramatic title. The pun in the original title can't be translated in to German anyway. The title was later changed to Ringo. The German for dilemma is "Dilemma". Or less literally Best Buds.

Simon thought Dickste Freunde might have stared in some straight-to-video erotic thrillers. By and large, the German distributor seemed to sell all these movies as "Frankenstein" films. Minor changes in the dialog lead to a new German Framing Device to explain how Dr. Frankenstein "created" the monsters appearing in each particular film, although some changes, like the random insertions of King Kong , were just down-right nonsensical.

A few examples of German titles compared to their American titles for simplicity's sake : Destroy All Monsters became Frankenstein und die Monster aus dem Weltall " Frankenstein and the Monsters from Space ". Godzilla vs. Even though only one of the monsters is from space. And yes, Jet Jaguar is called King Kong here. Which is weird because So the benevolent humanoid robot "King Kong" suddenly became an evil robo-Godzilla? Konga refers to Titanosaurus. Gamera vs. Barugon became Godzilla, der Drache aus dem Dschungel.

Yes, that's correct. Daiei's flying turtle kaiju headliner was identified as his Toho arch-rival! Alternate titles include the catchy Dragonwars — Krieg der Monster " Dragonwars — War of the Monsters " and Panik — Dinosaurier bedrohen die Welt " Panic — Dinosaurs threaten the World " Invasion of Astro-Monster belongs to a league of its own: not only was the title changed to Befehl aus dem Dunkel " Command from the Dark " , the movie was also promoted as an adaptation of a book of the same name, even though they had next to nothing in common.

Hoosiers became Freiwurf " Free Throw ".

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Tremors became In the Country of Rocket-Worms. Yes, in English. Italian Vendetta dal futuro "future revenge" became Paco — Kampfmaschine des Todes "Paco — the fighting machine of death". A mouthful, but describes the protagonist pretty well. Oblivion became Alien Desperados. Zombie Wars became Zombie Executioner. The Pit became The Pit of Horror. Popcorn became Skinner. Supersonic Man became Sonicman. The first, Pasenow oder die Romantik, has been compared with Fontane, but the secure ground of the nineteenth century has been left far behind: the age seems bent on radical solutions, and the symbol of the uniform seems an apt one.

The second, Esch oder die Anarchie, portrays the insubstantiality of the existence of the small book-keeper Esch, who is able neither to escape from Europe nor to come to terms with it; the third, Huguenau oder die Sachlichkeit, portrays violence and anarchic forces which destroy the narcissistic world of the heroine. The realization of the helplessness of the word when faced by the unspeakable will be a concern of many writers in the twentieth century, especially in German-speaking countries.

The fourth novel, Die Schuldlosen , treats twentieth-century themes and uses certain dates , and as points of reference: the dangers of solipsism are analysed with considerable sensitivity. The novel is uncomfortably suspended between political allegory and romantic myth. The character of Mutter Gisson with her Demeterlike qualities fails to convince, the symbolism being forced and obtrusive, but the description of mass psychology is masterful. The speculative study on A companion to twentieth-century german literature 48 Massenpsychologie stands comparison with the essay Masse und Macht by Elias Canetti as one of the most perceptive analyses of the relationship between the individual self and the corporate whole.

Broch, of Jewish parentage, was arrested when the Nazis invaded Austria, but was released on the intervention of writers like James Joyce. He settled in America and wrote his last novels there. The Gesammelte Schriften ten vols appeared between and reprinted ; the Kommentierte Werkausgabe 13—17 vols appeared from to His early story Tod den Toten! As a Jew, Brod became a Zionist in , and he became especially interested in the more conservative faith of his co-religionists from the eastern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Brod emigrated to Tel Aviv in and died there in In that year his autobiography Streitbares Leben appeared, which contains enlightening references to Kafka and also to Franz Werfel, of whose conversion to Christianity see Das Lied von Bernadette Brod did not approve. He produced three volumes of war poetry, Aus meiner Kriegszeit. Gedichte , Kamerad, als wir marschierten.

Kriegsgedichte and Soldaten der Erde. Neue Kriegsgedichte A war novel, Bunker Geschichte einer Kameradschaft , was widely read it was translated into English as Pillbox Gesamtausgabe der Gedichte in Eine Auswahl der Gedichte appeared in Bronnen, Arnolt originally Bronner, — Dramatist and novelist, Bronnen was one of the most extreme of the young talented writers who made the opening years of the Weimar Republic a fascinating and often disturbing experience. His play Vatermord written in , performed in Berlin in was the first of many scandals that surrounded his name; the portrayal of brutal violence and uninhibited sexuality outraged the audience.

Die Geburt der Jugend is a chaotic description of anarchic youth; the older generation is annihilated by sexually demented adolescents. In his comedy Die Exzesse the erotic desires of the woman, Hildegarde, find satisfaction in contemplation of intercourse with a goat. Katalaunische Schlacht looks back to the war as a time of frenzied and erotic ecstasy.

Rheinische Rebellen is an overtly nationalist play; Ostpolzug , a monodrama, fuses ancient and modern in its portrayal of Alexander the Great. The novel O. Bronnen worked for the film industry in the s, also the Reichsrundfunkgesellschaft. His relations with the Nazis were, however, strained.

His autobiography Arnolt Bronnen gibt zu Protokoll appeared in ; Tage mit Brecht posthumously in Bruckner, Ferdinand pseudonym of Theodor Tagger, — Primarily a dramatist, Bruckner achieved fame in with his play Krankheit der Jugend, a crass and naturalistic portrayal of adolescent sexuality, much indebted to Freud. Bruckner used techniques made famous by Erwin Piscator; his greatest success was Elisabeth von England , where the stage is again split between the two realms, Catholic Madrid and Protestant London, with both antagonists praying to the same god for victory.

Bruckner also turned his attention, with less success, to classical themes Timon and Pyrrhus und Andromache perf. A very successful play was Die Rassen , one which exploits the generation conflict and also the tension between Jew and Aryan. Bruckner emigrated to America in and returned to Europe in , spending the last years of his life in Berlin.

Dramatische Werke and Schauspiele nach historischen Studien were both published in An edition of Dramen appeared in Brust was helped by Kurt Wolff; he lived in isolation in Memel and moved to Cranz after the Lithuanian occupation. Brust shares with many expressionists a predilection for crass and often shocking climaxes. Brust turned towards a portrayal of pseudoreligious experiences in a series of other plays Cordatus. He died in obscurity, isolation and poverty at the age of forty-three; the Nazis initially tolerated his writing, believing him to be an acceptable poet of East Prussian life, although later his work was condemned as degenerate.

The Dramen — ed. Horst Denkler appeared in Since then he has written stories Ein schwarzer, abgrundtiefer See , extended and Babylon and novels which concentrate on human foibles and idiosyncrasies in domestic and professional contexts, although social and political pressures, implicitly criticized, are present in various forms. Essays Kritiken Glossen Unpolitische Betrachtungen zu Literatur und Politik demonstrate individual interests Haiti, Alejo Carpentier and more general concerns of his generation ecology, post-history, apocalypse , the latter present also in Bericht aus dem Innern der Unruhe.

Gorlebener Tagebuch , on demonstrations against nuclear power. Central to the rest of his work is his relationship to the American continent and in particular Haiti, which he visited for the first time in and where he has ancestral links. In the reportages Aus der neuen Welt. Afro-amerikanische Impressionen An informative document on Burckhardt is the Festschrift which appeared on his seventieth birthday, Dauer im Wechsel Burger, Hermann —89 Burger studied in Zurich, wrote dissertations on Paul Celan and contemporary Swiss literature and taught for a while at the Federal Technical University in Zurich.

His chief works, Schilten. Burger shares with the Austrian Thomas Bernhard and with other contemporary Swiss writers e. Meyer the theme of death as the ultimate threat to personal identity, which he treats with an even greater degree of linguistic virtuosity and reflective intensity. He committed suicide in Brunsloben and Menzenmang volume I and volume II, chapters 1—7 of the planned tetralogy Brenner on the scion of a cigar manufacturing dynasty in search of his childhood appeared in and Der unsichtbare Held, a Nibelungen drama, appeared in the same year.

A companion to twentieth-century german literature 54 Burte published poems in Alemannic dialect Madlee ; a further anthology appeared in Die Seele des Maien.

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Burte received much acclaim for his work, the Kleist prize for Wildfeber and other distinctions during the Third Reich. The sinologist Peter Kien, obsessed by his own private library, and retreating ever further into a state of solipsism, is ultimately destroyed by fire, ancient symbol of transformation. The other characters, Pfaff, Theresa Krumbholz and Fischerle, are also utterly self-centred and convinced of their own importance.


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The idea for the novel came to Canetti in when he witnessed the burning of the Palace of Justice by a mob in Vienna. Canetti moved to Paris in and to London in the following year. In he published Masse und Macht, a sociological, anthropological study of crowds and power: here fire is interpreted as a symbol for the crowd.

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A collection of aphorisms made between and , Aufzeichnungen, appeared in Das Geheimnis der Uhr. Aufzeichnungen — appeared in In Canetti was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. A companion to twentieth-century german literature 56 Carossa, Hans — Son of a doctor, Hans Carossa studied medicine in Munich and Leipzig, then settled as a medical practitioner in Bavaria. Verwandlungen einer Jugend is a less successful sequel. The novel Geheimnisse des reifen Lebens uses the diary form to explore human relationships. After the war Carossa attempted to explain his situation at that time in Ungleiche Welten Further autobiographical details of his life appeared in Aufzeichnungen aus Italien ; a scattering of short stories appeared in the s.

In his work Carossa eschews modernist experimentation; he appealed to the educated middle-class German reader with his cultivation of humanistic values derived from Goethe. Unlike his parents Celan escaped deportation when his home was occupied by the Nazis, but awareness of the Holocaust is at the centre of his work, his approach to the problems of language and communication in general long a preoccupation of writers from the linguistic melting-pot of Central Europe and the Balkans being linked to the impossibility of conveying the extreme physical and existential exposure of the persecuted.

These, together with translations of twentyone sonnets by Shakespeare and poems by Char, Supervielle, Michaux, Yessenin, Mandelstam, Block and others, were assembled in the provisional Gesammelte Werke in five volumes.

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Despite the increasing number of exegeses see the Celan-Jahrbuch: — there is still uncertainty on the question whether his work may be interpreted by reference to the Bible and the esoteric Judaism in which he was partly educated, or whether it represents an ever more private exploration and probing of language and its elements on the edge of silence.

He was a man of mystical tendency whose experience of the Holocaust placed obstacles in the way to religious enlightenment; the distortion and reversal of normal syntactical relationships which are a marked feature of his work are related to this central paradox. However, he remained attached to Jewish culture, as is evident especially in late poems set in Jerusalem. Gesammelte Werke five volumes appeared in Chotjewitz, Peter O. His defence of members of the Baader-Meinhof group during the seventies influenced along with Kafka the fragmentary novel Die Herren des Morgengrauens He has also produced works which owe their origin to experiences in Italy Malavita.

Mafia zwischen A companion to twentieth-century german literature 58 gestern und morgen and Briganten , a play on Mayakovsky Weltmeisterschaft im Klassenkampf and radio plays. Csokor, Franz Theodor — Csokor is known primarily as an Austrian expressionist dramatist. After Csokor fled into eastern Europe; he was finally arrested in Yugoslavia, and interned. A selection of his works, Du bist gemeint, with a foreword by Erhard Buschbeck, appeared in The Zeuge einer Zeit. Ein paar Schaufeln Erde. Czechowski, Heinz — Czechowski witnessed the destruction of Dresden, which became the subject of several poems and autobiographical sketches.

His melancholy free verse belongs to a tradition of nature poetry which originates in the eighteenth century and is imbued with an awareness of how his predecessors have responded to the same mainly Saxon landscapes and the effects on them of industrial development.

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In all these one can detect a movement from a positive depiction of everyday life in the GDR and a straightforward autobiographical approach to the expression of a more complex subjectivity, sceptical of conventional views of progress. Nachtspur consists of poems and prose from to His vast epic Das Nordlicht, which took him twelve years to write, was published in some thirty thousand lines long, it is a vast cosmogony, characterized by frequently bizarre neologisms. The works that follow Das Nordlicht, particularly the collection of sketches Mit silberner Sichel , contain much talented writing: monstrous hyperbole gives way to an unsuspected delicacy.

Dichtungen und Schriften appeared in , and Gedichte in In the following year his best-known work appeared, Ultra Violett. He travelled extensively; a collection of Novellen again, greatly influenced by Jugendstil topoi appeared in Die acht Gesichter am Biwasee. Japanische Liebesgeschichten it was reprinted in and was extremely popular.

In the same year his second novel, Raubmenschen, was published: the descriptions of Mexico and other countries are little more than travelogues. Dauthendey responded sensitively to the Orient and popularized the culture of the Far East: he was interned in Java during the First World War and died there. Erlebnisse aus Java and Letzte Reise appeared posthumously.

His Gesammelte Werke six vols appeared in Degenhardt, Franz Josef — Degenhardt became known in the s as author, composer and performer to his own guitar accompaniment of protest songs, of which there have been numerous recordings and publications, incl. As a novelist he is associated with the realists published by the Autoren-Edition incl. Fuchs, Timm , who aim to raise political consciousness in a wide readership by showing how political forces impinge on the lives of ordinary people. Dehmel, Richard — A student of the natural sciences, philosophy and economy, Dehmel took up writing in the Berlin of the s and reflected in his poetry the main preoccupations of the following two decades: Nietzscheanism, naturalism, impressionism, Jugendstil and a latent expressionism.

His poetry is marked by a powerful sensuality, compassion and a keen intellect. Dehmel stresses in many poems the joy to be found in sexual love, together with hope for true emancipation in the future. His work is at its best in the portrayal of sensuous love and in its sincere, humanitarian beliefs. Although exempt from enlistment due to injuries received at school after a fall from a horizontal bar , Dehmel joined the army in he was over 50 at the time : his experiences are described in Zwischen Volk und Menschheit Dehmel was in close contact with the major writers of his day; he contributed to the leading literary journals.

Gesammelte Werke ten vols appeared from to a three-volume selection in A posthumous autobiography, Mein Leben, was published in In appeared Dichtungen, Briefe, Dokumente. His awareness of the forces at work in contemporary society and of how their interaction affects individual lives underlies all his novels.


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In Adenauerplatz a security guard employed to watch over a shopping and business complex in an anonymous German city is forced to confront the contradictions of his position as a refugee from Chile after the fall of Allende when he is drawn into collusion with a plot by friends to burgle an international wheeler-dealer with a stake in the political status quo in South America; having become aware of the ramifications of Third World exploitation he decides to abandon his job and return to Chile. Mogadischu Fensterplatz is a fictional treatment from the perspective of an ordinary passenger of the hijack carried out by members of the Baader-Meinhof group in Somalia in and reflects a deepening concern with Third World topics evident also in the work of Born and Timm.

Die Birnen von Ribbeck , a story consisting of a single sentence seventy pages long, describes the impact of the opening of the Wall on a farm in provincial GDR made famous by a ballad of Fontane. The publication of Part One met with little interest, the exception being Karl Wolfskehl, who looked back on it with great pleasure during his New Zealand exile.

Das Werk six volumes was published in The first of these was much acclaimed and widely read; in crudely sensational terms it describes the poisoning of the blood of a German woman, Johanna, through once having had intercourse with a Jew. The child born to Johanna and her husband Hermann, both blond and Germanic, is dark and of Jewish appearance.

Hermann kills the Jew and returns to find that his wife has killed the child and has committed suicide. A collection of Novellen appeared in , bearing the title of the first story, Die Ermordung einer Butterblume, an account of mental disturbance and, in fact, little more than a catalogue of neuroses. Wallenstein two vols , which appeared in , deals with the historical figures of the Thirty Years War but also hints at wider issues—the role of the individual during a time of massive upheaval. Comparisons have been made with Manhattan Transfer and Ulysses Hans Henny Jahnn and others referred in their reviews to the Irish novelist : interior monologue, collage and montage convey the density as well as the fragmentary and elusive quality of life.

Biberkopf sinks from one stage of degradation to another: obstinate, gullible, and at times violent, he is crushed beneath a force stronger than he. Babylonische Wandrung curses the sin of pride and portrays with grotesque humour the passage of the hero through the Babylon of Western civilization in a journey of selfexploration and expiation. The work appears formless a fusion of mythology, history, modern events, statistical facts and popular songs , but an inexhaustible richness cannot be denied.

In he became a convert to Roman Catholicism and after the war he returned to Paris, working in the cultural department of the French military government his son Wolfgang had been killed in the war, fighting as a French soldier. Questions are asked concerning the possibility of responsible action and the ultimate meaning of human existence.

Doderer, Heimito von — Born near Vienna, Doderer enlisted in the Austrian army as a young man and became a Russian prisoner of war in his novel Die Geheimnisse des Reichs , an account of the Russian civil war, is obviously based on his experiences he returned to Austria in Doderer studied history at Vienna University, received his doctorate in and dedicated himself to creating an epic description of the city he knew so well. He had published a book of poems, Gassen und Landschaften, in , also a short novel, Die Bresche, in , but Doderer felt that he needed the breadth of the full-scale novel to do his subject Vienna justice.

Other novels, Ein Mord, den jeder begeht , Der Umweg and Die erleuchteten Fenster , are best regarded as sophisticated detective stories and thrillers, meant for a wide readership. The hero is one Melzer, former imperial officer, now senior official in the new republic. The years —11 and —5 are compared and contrasted. The book is felt to lack social awareness, despite the rich clutter A-Z 67 of its scenario. A certain pretentiousness cannot be denied here, also much implausibility the worker Leonhard Kakabsa, for example, who experiences Latin as an almost mystical illumination.

This novel is meant to be part of a cycle bearing the title Roman Nr. Der Grenzwald, a fragmentary part of this cycle, appeared posthumously in She made her final return to Germany in , since when she has lived in Heidelberg. She has also produced autobiographical writings, Von der Natur nicht vorgesehen , Aber die Hoffnung. Roman in Segmenten , revised version Her editorial work includes the anthology Nachkrieg und Unfrieden and Doppelinterpretationen , in which brief essays by readers and authors on poems by the latter are juxtaposed.

The A companion to twentieth-century german literature 68 poetological reflections present in the introductions and epilogues to these volumes are continued in the Frankfurt lectures Das Gedicht als Augenblick der Freiheit Dorst, Tankred — Dorst served in the army at the end of the Second World War, was a POW until , then studied German literature, art and drama in Munich, where he has continued to live. His plays since the early s are the result of a close working partnership with his wife Ursula Ehler.

He then collaborated with the director Peter Zadek on the television film Rotmord , based on this play, and on the revue Kleiner Mann— was nun? The film scenario Sand , radio play , which explores the motives for a political murder in , was followed by A-Z 69 Eiszeit , on an old man who can be identified as the unrepentant Nazi sympathizer Knut Hamsun; with his stubborn will to live he is contrasted with his would-be assassin who commits suicide.

The late s were occupied with the Merz cycle, an extensive chronicle in various media of a middle-class family between the late s and the present consisting of Auf dem Chimborazo , play, radio play and television film , Dorothea Merz , novel and television film , Klaras Mutter , story and television film , Die Villa , play , Mosch , film , Fragment einer Reise nach Stettin , radio play , Die Reise nach Stettin , scenario and Heinrich oder die Schmerzen der Phantasie , play and radio play , which together form a vivid panorama of German history.

Karlos first performed is a version of the material made famous by Schiller in Don Carlos. Fernando Krapp hat mir diesen Brief geschrieben presents a woman between two constrasting men, Herr Paul , first performed a conflict between progress and stasis with surreal effects, as a young entrepreneur attempts to dislodge an old couple Paul and his sister from his new business premises.

Wie Dilldapp nach dem Riesen ging is another play. A Werkausgabe has been in progress since He returned to Vienna in and again took up legal practice. His prose works include the autobiographical Z. Drach can thus be associated with Lind, Hilsenrath and Tabori as an advocate of black humour in order to expose persecution in general and that of the Jews in particular. Oktoberlicht portrays a day in the life of a middle-aged woman who visits her scattered family after a stay in hospital; in Wer verteidigt Katrin Lambert? Eingeschlossen , in which Jesus and Prometheus confront one another as a social worker and an atomic physicist who have become the inmates of a mental hospital, represents a significant departure from the naturalism of her previous work.

For A-Z 71 many years he, together with Frisch, represented contemporary drama in German to the rest of the world. Early influences consisted of the theology absorbed at home—he was, especially in his early years, exercised by theological problems in what he recognized as a post-religious age and therefore approaches existentialism—and the plays of Thornton Wilder and Brecht.

In the context of the breakdown of ideological confrontation in the late s, the play appears unwittingly prophetic. His other writings include two volumes of Theaterschriften und Reden , , Der Mitmacher. A Werkausgabe in thirty volumes appeared in , Gesammelte Werke eight volumes in and Das dramatische Werk seventeen volumes in A Werkausgabe in seven volumes appeared in E Edschmid, Kasimir pseudonym of Eduard Schmid, — Edschmid studied Romance languages in Munich, Geneva, Paris and Strasbourg; he rapidly associated himself with the young writers of expressionism and became a tireless propagator and theoretician of that movement.

Er sieht nicht, er schaut. Er schildert nicht, er erlebt. Er gibt nicht wieder, er gestaltet. Er nimmt nicht, er sucht. Nun gibt es die Vision davon. In later life he wrote on expressionism again Lebendiger Expressionismus ; his diary Tagebuch —60 also contains reminiscences. Ehrenstein, Albert — Born in Vienna, son of Hungarian Jewish parents, Ehrenstein was discovered by Karl Kraus, who published his poems and grotesque prose sketches in Die kackel. Ehrenstein went to Switzerland during the First World War; he led a restless life afterwards, travelling through Europe and Asia in an attempt to find and cherish the finest manifestations of human civilization.

Ehrenstein fled to New York, where he died in a hospital for the poor in Gedichte und Prosa ed. Eich also achieved prominence in the s as the principal contributor, along with Ilse Aichinger, whom he married in , Ingeborg Bachmann and Wolfgang Weyrauch, to the renaissance of radio drama, composing some fifteen plays within the decade.

In his treatise Negerplastik appeared, containing illustrations of African masks and statues. Einstein pleaded for a new three-dimensionality, finding in African carvings a sense of spatial structure similar to that created by cubism. Jahrhunderts sought to combine the assessment of primitivism with social awareness.

Einstein identified with the anarchists in the Spanish Civil War and fought with them; he returned to France, but was interned when the German armies invaded. Unable to return to Spain because of his previous involvement he committed suicide at Gave de Pau. Gesammelte Werke ed. A companion to twentieth-century german literature 76 Eisenreich, Herbert —86 Eisenreich lived in Vienna and Upper Austria, except for a period of war service, four years as a writer for the newspaper Die Zeit and the radio in the Federal Republic and a stay in France.

These and his novels show him to have been the last representative of a tradition of Austrian social fiction which reached its zenith in the work of Joseph Roth and Heimito von Doderer. Die abgelegte Zeit is the surviving fragment of a novel which originally had the title Sieger und Besiegte and presents from the standpoint of the efforts of a number of characters to adapt to the situation after the Second World War in the spirit advocated by a resigned and conciliatory Austrian general in the theory of retreat he devises in the last weeks of the war.

Elsner, Gisela —92 Elsner achieved fame and notoriety at a stroke with the award of the Formentor Prize for her first novel Die Riesenzwerge The gruesome, grotesque effects conveyed here by mainly concentrating on the meal rituals of the petty bourgeois family can be related to the distanced distortions evident in the work of Grass, Jakov Lind and the early Peter Weiss rather than to the Cologne realists Wellershoff, Herburger, Born with whom she was initially associated. They are less manifest in her later novels, but she remained primarily a satirist of contemporary social and domestic mores in the Federal Republic, viewed from the committed standpoint of a member of the West German Communist Party.

In Der Nachwuchs the narrator is a repulsive child treated as a pet by its parents and forced to make a late discovery of the world beyond the confines of the stuffy family house; narrator, family and neighbours appear, as in Die Riesenzwerge, in the same jaundiced light. Das Windei covers forty years in the lives of a couple determined to maintain an affluence they have been brought up to take for granted by means of a shady construction business which ends in bankruptcy.

Ende, Michael —95 Ende is the most prominent recent author of stories which aim to appeal to children and adults. His international success is based on Momo and Die unendliche Geschichte , both of which have been filmed. In the second the framework narrative set in the real world and the core narrative set in the realm of fantasy are indicated and separated by red and green scripts until after the passing of a critical point which reverses the debilitation of fantasy which had threatened the central child figure.

With Kneip Engelke became quickly befriended; after enlistment in the outbreak of the war found him writing his novel Don Juan in Denmark Engelke grew closer to Lersch. An enthusiastic proclamation of a higher humanity pulsates throughout much of his work. A selection of his poems appeared in a volume entitled Schulter an Schulter Engelke was killed near Cambrai on 13 October ; he is buried close to the spot where Wilfrid Owen was to die two weeks later.

Das Gesamtwerk. Rhythmus des neuen Europa appeared in reprinted Engelmann, Bernd — After service at the front Engelmann was confined to Dachau and other camps until He offered an alternative view of German history in the Deutsches Antigeschichtsbuch Wir Untertanen , covering the period from the Middle Ages to , Einig gegen Recht und Freiheit on the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich and Trotz alledem on German radicals during the last two hundred years. He has lived as a free-lance writer or as a lecturer in Norway which inspired some bleak nature poems , Rome and the USA.

Enzensberger is a polemicist schooled in the dialectic of Hegel, Marx and Adorno, to the last of whom he owes insights developed in the essays collected in Einzelheiten two volumes and , which rigorously analyse the West German media. His journalism has been collected in the volumes Politik und Verbrechen , Politische Kolportagen , Deutschland, Deutschland unter anderem , Palaver , Politische Brosamen , the seven travel reports Ach Europa!

The collections of poems Zukunftsmusik and Kiosk continue the process of growing scepticism and distance from earlier certainties, spiced with metaphysical wit. Diderots Schatten assembles all the writings on the French sage who has long been admired by Enzensberger. Enzensberger has been a key figure in the intellectual life of the Federal Republic from its foundation and his influence far transcends the reputation he has gained from his contribution to any single genre, even poetry. Occasionally derided as a chameleon figure he has demonstrated by his polemical talent, his wit, his cosmopolitanism, his versatility in several media and his ability to take a broad view of social and political developments and to assess their implications in a pragmatic spirit unusual in the German left, that, as in the days of Heinrich Heine, there is a place for positive subversion.

A visit to Italy turned his attention to questions of artistry rather than politics: a neo-romantic phase giving way rapidly to neo-classicism. As Dramaturg in Weimar —14 Ernst wrote a series of historical plays including Demetrios , Canossa , Brunhild and Ninon de Lenclos After the patriotic tone in his writing became more pronounced, and his conservative stance more extreme; the basic human problems, Ernst believed, were revealed more clearly in rural, even feudal, society than amongst the urban proletariat.

The hero of the first, one Hans Werther, rejects social and political pre-occupations and finds fulfilment in marriage and agriculture. His essays including Der Weg zur Form advocate restraint and order in writing and a hierarchical ideal in society. The attempt to rescue the verse-epic Das Kaiserbuch —8 , and Der Heiland was largely unsuccessful.

His Gesammelte Werke now largely unread appeared between and in twenty-one volumes. The second novel, Alraune. Ewers considered himself the herald of a fantastic Satanist movement that looked back to Poe and de Sade: the stories alternate between portrayals of algolagnia, stock-in-trade horror spider-women etc. Der Fundvogel is a sensational account of an enforced sex change. Ewers was appointed to the Dichter-Akademie, but the Nazis, finding his earlier writings incompatible with visions of Nordic health, prohibited further writing and pronounced Ewers degenerate.

His work is primarily of interest in the link that it provides between decadence, Satanism and National Socialism. Gesammelte Werke eight vols appeared in Die Spinne. Seltsame Geschichten were published in Fallada became instantly famous with Kleiner Mann, was nun? Fallada, an alcoholic, wrote at a frantic pace to provide himself with funds; during the Third Reich he turned to idyllic romances and folksy legends.

Damals bei uns daheim and Heute bei uns zu Hause are little more than autobiographies. The Russians elected Fallada as mayor of Feldberg in Mecklenburg two years before his death. Fallada is a powerful story-teller who succeeds best when describing the narrow, sentimental world of the petite bourgeoisie: he is less convincing when a fake folksiness and an exaggerated sympathy with the underdog intrude.

Fels, Ludwig — Of working-class origin, Fels has more successfully than any other contemporary social realist, with the possible exception of Kroetz, encapsulated in his poetry and prose the sadness, frustration, anger and disorientation of the under-class in the urban environment. Fels relies on experience and an unidealistic identification with his characters. Bleeding Heart is a novel on the ego-trip of a desperately jealous man set in Tangier. Sturmwanderung and Die Hochzeit von Sarajewo are plays, the latter set in the Bosnian civil war.

Feuchtwanger, Lion — Dramatic critic, playwright and novelist, Feuchtwanger made his reputation in the s with a series of historical novels. He helped Bertolt Brecht with Trommeln in der Nacht originally called Spartakus and collaborated with him on Leben Eduards des Zweiten von England; Brecht in turn helped him to revise his Warren Hastings, Gouverneur von Indien written , published and, some twenty years later, wrote with him Die Gesichte der Simone Machard.

A Jew himself, Feuchtwanger described as early as in Die Geschwister Oppenheim the sufferings and tribulations of his fellow Jews in Germany. He fled to France and also visited the Soviet Union; he became co-editor with Brecht and Willi Bredel of the anti-fascist literary review Das Wort, published in Moscow. His plays, mostly Old Testament and historical dramas, have not proved successful, apart from those written in collaboration with Brecht. Together with others, Feuchtwanger founded the Aurora publishing house in New York at the end of the war to bring out works in German for the reviving German market.

In he was awarded the Nationalpreis der DDR. His Gesammelte Werke appeared from —48; the Gesammelte Werke twenty vols from on, with a sixteen-volume edition appearing in Fichte, Hubert —86 The illegitimate son of a Jewish father, Fichte spent part of his childhood in a Catholic orphanage, an experience which formed the basis of his first novel Das Waisenhaus He then trained as an actor, but also worked on the land in North Germany and Provence before becoming a professional writer in Hamburg. Here he remained until his death, except for extensive journeys in South America and the Caribbean in connection A-Z 85 with his later anthropological works.

Nossack, Der Untergang and references to the ritual practices of AfroAmerican religions. These form the subject of the following works: Xango accompanied by a photographic volume with the same title , dealing with Bahia, Haiti and Trinidad, and Petersilie , on Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Miami and Grenada, which develop the preoccupation with abnormal sexual practices and psychopathology reflected in his earlier work. What was completed of the planned nineteen parts of the cycle of novels Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit appeared between and Hotel Garni, 2.

Der kleine Hauptbahnhof oder Lob des Strichs, 3. Die zweite Schuld. Glossen set in Berlin this volume is not to be published until , 4. Alte Welt. Glossen set in Rome, Greece, Egypt, Morocco , 6. Der Platz der Gehenkten set in Morocco , 7. These are assembled in a sixteen-volume cassette. Flake turned to traditional writing after the war and sought to promote understanding between France and Germany: the Romane um Ruland five vols, —8 concern the experiences of Ruland the modern A companion to twentieth-century german literature 86 European.

In the s Flake embarked upon a Badische Chronik; he also wrote essays on French literary figures, his best being on the Marquis de Sade , whose preface attempts to explain that it is necessary to describe the perverse in order fully to appreciate the norm. An autobiography appeared in Es wird Abend. The Werke five vols appeared from to In she met Bertolt Brecht, who had the most far-reaching influence upon her work.

More sober is Pioniere in Ingolstadt , a hard-boiled portrayal of the effect on the young girls of the town of the arrival of a troop of soldiers. Avantgarde is a thinly-veiled portrayal of Brecht. Her play on Charles I, Karl Stuart, was first published in The Gesammelte Werke three vols appeared in , a four-volume edition in Flex had also A-Z 87 published two volumes of poems before the war and a historical tragedy in verse, Klaus Bismarck , dealing with an ancestor of the Prussian statesman Flex had been a private tutor to the Bismarck family. This was reprinted in Riga as late as May Gesammelte Werke two vols appeared in He was famous for short stories concerning the lives of North German fishermen his father having been one : Schullengrieper und Tungenknieper , Fahrersleute and Nordsee He reached a wide readership with his novel Seefahrt ist not!

Much of his writing is in Plattdeutsch, particularly the Hamborger Janmooten His plays, Cilli Cohrs and Doggerbank posthumously, , are less successful. Ein Schiff! Das schnellste Schiff der Flotte. Die besten Geschichten Gorch Focks appeared in The West German training-ship for young cadets is named after him. Erinnerungen is an informative and sympathetic document. In Fontana contributed poems to a collection by A companion to twentieth-century german literature 88 E.

Rheinhardt entitled Die Botschaft.

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Fontana turned increasingly to the novel: his Die Gefangene der Erde is a realistic yet also highly intensified description of the plight of a mother during and immediately after the First World War. In appeared Der Weg durch den Berg, a novel dealing with the building of the St Gotthard pass; another novel dealing with the advantages and disadvantages of modern technology the use of gas is Der Atem des Feuers In his later years Fontana devoted himself to theatre criticism. In he published Wiener Schauspieler, a portrayal of famous actors and actresses from Mitterwurzer to Maria Eis.

A selection of his writings, Mond im Abendrot, was published in In Kaspar Hausers Tod analogies to the situation in Germany in anti-terrorist campaign are indicated in the funeral of the famous foundling murdered in Forte is also the author of numerous plays for radio and television in which everyday subjects are treated with original use of these media. In Der Artist im Moment seines Absturzes a play within a play shows actors coming to terms with their roles as a German writer and his wife in exile in Paris in Das Muster is a chronicle novel on how two families, Italian and Polish, settled in Germany and became linked.

Frank, Bruno — Frank can be associated with the generation of middle-class novelists active between the wars Heinrich and Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger, Franz Werfel, Hermann Broch who combined historical awareness, acute psychological insight and stylistic refinement and who were forced into emigration by the Nazis. Frank became a member of the Californian emigration close to Thomas Mann, the influence of whose Der Tod in Venedig is evident in the development to a tragic close of Politische Novelle , a A-Z 89 work inspired by the wish for Franco-German reconciliation and European unity.

His play Sturm im Wasserglas , about an unscrupulous small-town careerist, was adapted by James Bridie as Storm in a Teacup in Frank, Leonard — After training as a mechanic, Frank moved to Munich in , where he studied painting. It later appeared as the introductory story of the collection Der Mensch ist gut Another much-read Novelle was Die Ursache , which Frank dramatized in it is an attack upon capital punishment. Frank returned to Germany after the war, and received the Kleist prize for Der Mensch ist gut.


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  7. In Frank escaped to Switzerland, France and finally America. He returned to Germany in , published his autobiographical novel in and the Deutsche Novelle two years later. Frank is best regarded as a novelist who, through his leftwing political sympathies, remained on the fringe of the expressionist movement; his narrative prose is, however, traditional in structure. Gesammelte Werke in Einzelausgaben five vols appeared in ; the Gesammelte Werke six vols in ; Die Summe in A companion to twentieth-century german literature 90 Franke, Manfred — Having written a doctoral dissertation on the figure of Schinderhannes in the German folk-tradition, Franke went on to produce a documentation in and a demythologizing biography in of the same Robin Hood figure.

    In aiming to demonstrate what is typical in this microscopic view of a particular case Franke can be associated with other documentary writers active in a similar spirit at the same time, especially Alexander Kluge. Franke has also written Ein Leben auf Probe , the story of the struggle to survive of a child suffering from a rare illness, Bis der Feind kommt , an autobiographical novel on the last days of the Second World War viewed from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old boy cf. Frenssen, Gustav — Born in Dithmarschen, Frenssen became a pastor there before turning to writing novels.

    The farm is finally abandoned, but Uhl turns his attention to agricultural industry, builds dikes and continues to serve the community. In the s Frenssen continued to write novels of life in Dithmarschen; in he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Heidelberg and became a member of the Dichter-Akademie.

    Das Christentum ist alt und welk A-Z 91 geworden. Frenssen died, four weeks before the end of hostilities, in April Gesammelte Werke six vols were published in Zyklische Gedichte incorporated the non-specific imagery characteristic of certain modernist trends. A political dimension emerges in the laconic word play of Warngedichte and becomes dominant in und Vietnam und Fries, Fritz Rudolf — Born in Spain, the home of his maternal ancestors, Fries came with his family to Germany in , went to school in Leipzig until , studied there, was employed in the s at the GDR Academy of Sciences and then became a fulltime writer and translator.

    Fries was one of the first GDR writers to inject a strong element of fantasy conveyed by means of interior monologue into a story which otherwise conforms to conventional realism, thus heralding a trend in GDR writing of growing importance during the s and s, when the influence of the German romantics became ever more apparent cf.

    They go no farther than West Berlin, A companion to twentieth-century german literature 92 from which they return to play the role expected of them by officialdom of disillusioned victims of Western intrigues aimed at undermining the GDR. Das Luft-Schiff. Verlegung eines mittleren Reiches is a futuristic fantasy set in a small town in the GDR after a nuclear war and Alexanders neue Welten provides a satirical confrontation of rationalism and imagination in the efforts of a scholar to get to grips with the colourful life of his friend in a report destined for the Academy of Sciences.

    Frisch, Max —91 Born in Zurich Frisch studied German literature, travelled extensively in Europe before the Second World War, studied architecture in Zurich, combined writing with the practice of this profession until , when he decided to devote himself exclusively to the former. He has since been resident in Switzerland, Rome and New York. The last of these themes becomes central, especially in the novel Stiller , on the determination of the title-figure to preserve his independence from those formerly close to him and from the representatives of officialdom.

    Ein Spiel and Triptychon , radio version Homo Faber and Montauk offer more self-critical and existentially inspired examinations of human relationships, the former with overtones of Greek tragedy which add depth to a critique of A-Z 93 technological rationality, the latter in a manner close to autobiography. Frischmuth, Barbara — Barbara Frischmuth visited Turkey in and Hungary in after studying the languages of those countries at the Institute of Interpreters in Graz.

    Although a member of the Grazer Autorenversammlung, to which also Handke, Kolleritsch, Gerhard Roth, Scharang have belonged, she has lived in Vienna since Die Klosterschule , the autobiographically inspired account of a boarding-school for girls run by nuns, and her early stories Amoralische Kinderklapper and Tage und Jahre concentrate on the experience of children and their relationships to adults.

    The novel Das Verschwinden des Schattens in der Sonne , set in Istanbul, confronts an Austrian student with local conditions and traces her growing involvement with revolutionary activists which stops short of clear commitment. The trilogy of autonomous novels Die Mystifikationen der Sophie Silber , Amy oder die Metamorphose and Kai oder die Liebe zu den Modellen is held together by the theme of metamorphosis. The introduction of elementary fairy spirits whose origins lie in the Alpine regions results in a story on two levels: the realistic level traces the life of Sophie Silber, who on the mythical level makes a descent to the mother and death goddesses with the assistance of the fairy godmother Amaryllis Sternwieser.

    The second volume concerns the transformation of Amaryllis into the totally human Amy Stern, whose personal and professional ambitions are realized, but at a price. Einander Kind is a family saga centred on the relationship between two women, with flashbacks to the Third Reich.

    Fuchs, Gerd — Fuchs studied in Cologne, Munich and London, qualified as a secondary schoolteacher, wrote a doctoral dissertation on Rilke in England, then became a journalist for Die Welt and Der Spiegel. Since he has been a professional writer based in Hamburg and associated with the Autoren Edition publishing venture. The eleven stories of Landru und andere show him able to devise situations typical of certain historical phases. The title-figure murders women whose beauty in its contrast to the wretchedness of the time renders them guilty in his eyes.

    Beringer und die lange Wut , inspired by the upheaval of the Studentenbewegung, centres on a journalist who takes stock of his life, friendships and political stance during a visit to his parents, whose lives are illuminated by means of flashbacks to the war and the immediate post-war years. The consequent adjustment of roles within the family leads eventually to his departure. Schinderhannes places the story of the folk-hero in the context of the effects of the French Revolution in occupied Germany west of the Rhine at the end of the eighteenth century.

    Katharinas Nacht is a love story. His early poems Die Fahrt nach Stalingrad. These are followed by a series of Novellen and stories in which the experiences of soldiers in occupied territory during the Second World War A-Z 95 induce radical rethinking. The four stories of Der Jongleur im Kino show a sensitive boy adapting to and adopting a pre-fascist mentality. Erfahrung mit Georg Trakls Gedicht. Im Berg contains the surviving fragments of what was to have been the summa of his work.

    Briefe — demonstrates his key position in the alternative literary life of the GDR. A Werkausgabe appeared in nine volumes between and and was reprinted in eight volumes in G Gaiser, Gerd —76 Gaiser, whose earliest work appeared during the Third Reich stories in the periodical Das innere Reich and poems in Reiter am Himmel , is difficult to place in the context of the post-war revival of literature. Further story collections are Zwischenland , Einmal und oft , Revanche , Gib acht in Damokosch and Mittagsgesicht Kalte Zeiten presents a day in the life of a young couple in a proletarian milieu.

    Kamalatta is one of several recent treatments of the terrorist phenomenon. Remarkable in George is the single-minded sense of dedication which would characterize his work for almost forty years; the cult of the dandy and the deliberate cultivation of remote sensibilities may be seen as a youthful extravagance, the later austerity and aloofness representing a triumph of order and discipline over passionate involvement.

    George insisted that poetry be given a quasi-religious status: orthography, punctuation and a stylized typeface should mark it off from banal communication. From the symbolistes George derived the idea that poetry should express the esoteric; he differed from them, however, in the utter rejection of free verse and in the compression of his images into predetermined poetic forms.

    An austere classicism prevails, with pure rhymes, faultless rhythms and a meticulous choice of consonants.