Taking Sides: Stefan Heym's Historical Fiction

Taking Sides: Stefan Heym's Historical Fiction

by Meg Tait

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Taking Sides: Stefan Heym's Historical Fiction by Meg Tait

Stefan Heym was one of the most prominent critical writers of the German Democratic Republic, yet of the seven novels which he wrote and published there, five had historical settings. Meg Tait has worked closely with Heym’s archive. Focusing on the representation of historical figures, events and processes in selected works and in GDR political discourses and historical studies, she explores the range of motives and aims which lay behind the author’s lasting attraction to historical fiction. Heym consistently denied that he was a ‘dissident’ writer, but prided himself on his independent mind. The study offers a nuanced interpretation of his engagement with and understanding of political and cultural developments in the GDR.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820453286
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Meg Tait wrote her doctoral dissertation on Stefan Heym at Cambridge University. She is the author of articles on Heym’s fiction and plans a book on GDR literature.

Table of Contents

Contents: Representation of history in Heym’s fiction and in GDR political discourses and historical studies – Heym as a ‘GDR author’ – This study focuses on three novels, The Lenz Papers (1964), Ahasver (1981) and Schwarzenberg (1984), and traces developing interests and emphases both in his fiction and in his political beliefs and attitudes as indicated in his journalism and speeches.

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