German Autumn

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In late 1946, Stig Dagerman was assigned by the Swedish newspaper Expressen to report on life in Germany immediately after the fall of the Third Reich. First published in Sweden in 1947, German Autumn, a collection of the articles written for that assignment, was unlike any other reporting at the time. While most Allied and foreign journalists spun their writing on the widely held belief that the German people deserved their fate, Dagerman disagreed and reported on the humanness of the men and women ruined by the...

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Overview

In late 1946, Stig Dagerman was assigned by the Swedish newspaper Expressen to report on life in Germany immediately after the fall of the Third Reich. First published in Sweden in 1947, German Autumn, a collection of the articles written for that assignment, was unlike any other reporting at the time. While most Allied and foreign journalists spun their writing on the widely held belief that the German people deserved their fate, Dagerman disagreed and reported on the humanness of the men and women ruined by the war—their guilt and suffering. Dagerman was already a prominent writer in Sweden, but the publication and broad reception of German Autumn throughout Europe established him as a compassionate journalist and led to the long-standing international influence of the book.

Presented here in its first American edition with a compelling new foreword by Mark Kurlansky, Dagerman’s essays on the tragic aftermath of war, suffering, and guilt are as hauntingly relevant today amid current global conflict as they were sixty years ago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816677528
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2011
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 959,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) was regarded as the most talented young writer of the Swedish postwar generation. By age twenty-six he had published four novels, a collection of short stories, and four full-length plays, in addition to German Autumn.

Robin Fulton Macpherson is a Scottish poet and translator who has lived and worked in Norway since 1973.

Mark Kurlansky is a New York Times best-selling author of many books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World and Salt: A World History.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Pitiless Fall
Mark Kurlansky Introduction
Robin Fulton Macpherson

1. German Autumn
2. Ruins
3. Bombed Cemetery
4. Poor Man’s Cake
5. The Art of Sinking
6. The Unwelcome
7. The Rivals
8. Lost Generation
9. The Course of Justice
10. Cold Day in Munich
11. Through the Forest of the Hanged Boys
12. Return to Hamburg
13. Literature and Suffering

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