"Eine Rechnung, die nicht aufgeht": Identity and Ideology in the Fiction of Wolfdietrich Schnurre

by Ian Roberts

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"Eine Rechnung, die nicht aufgeht": Identity and Ideology in the Fiction of Wolfdietrich Schnurre by Ian Roberts

Wolfdietrich Schnurre is best known as the writer of deceptively simple post-war Kurzgeschichten, but the truth is far more complex. The tension between the wish to confront personal guilt and the desire to reclaim an ideologically compromised past gave rise to a unique body of work. Schnurre repeatedly returned to a nucleus of autobiographical events, applying to them a range of literary styles and ideologies, in order to lay the past to rest and to rediscover a lost sense of identity. The present study traces his thematic and narrative development throughout a fifty-year literary career, encompassing the collapse of National Socialism, the Cold War and the growing political and economic success of the Federal Republic. Schnurre, as presented here, becomes a representative figure, both of a generation and of a nation's sensibility. His work stands as a fascinating testimony to Germany's struggle with its Nazi past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631311202
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/1997
Series: Historisch-kritische Arbeiten zur deutschen Literatur Series , #20
Pages: 258

About the Author

The Author: Ian Roberts was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Swansea,in September 1995, having completed a thesis upon which the present study is based. He is currently working for the Royal Navy as a Lecturer in German at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England.

Table of Contents

Contents: Chapters examining each of Schnurre's short story collections, longer prose fiction and Der Schattenfotograf - Biographical details of Schnurre's activities between 1939-1945 - A previously undiscovered story dating from 1935 is discussed and appended.

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