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By Raymond Furness

Containing entries on over 400 authors of fiction, poetry and drama from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this worthwhile paintings of reference provides fabric of a variety and intensity that no different e-book at the topic in English attains. For the second one version, the entries were up-to-date to incorporate the newest works of German literature. a couple of new entries were extra, dealing specifically with the East German literary scene and the altering literary panorama after reunification. as well as uncomplicated biographical proof, the better half deals summaries, info on involvement in literary teams and political advancements, colleges and activities, severe phrases and facets of the opposite arts, together with movie.

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Binding, Rudolf (1867–1938) An author known primarily through his Novellen and war diary, Rudolf Binding was a late developer as a writer and did not publish until he was over forty. Der Opfergang (1912) is a moving story which tells of the magnanimity of a wife who overcomes jealousy and saves her husband’s mistress from certain death; a tale of adultery is transfigured by this final act. Other stories show Binding’s traditionalism, which he shares with writers like Hans Carossa and Rudolf Alexander Schröder; a classical sense of form and a refusal to follow modernist experimentation characterize his writing.

His survival proves to be brief, as he eventually becomes the innocent victim of his Soviet A-Z 23 captors’ determination to implicate him in a war atrocity committed by men of the infantry division to which he had belonged. From its foundation in 1954 until 1980 Bender was editor of Akzente (until 1968 with Walter Höllerer), a literary magazine with a remarkable openness to new talents from Germany and abroad which did much to bring about a climate in which West Germany was able to rejoin and draw from the mainstream of literary modernism.

Benn’s primitivism is derived largely from Nietzsche; it is also the realization of the man of science that life is suffused with powerful instincts that cannot be suppressed. During the First World War Benn was in charge of an army brothel in Belgium; he also witnessed the shooting of Nurse Edith Cavell. Benn came into contact with Carl Sternheim, Otto Flake and Carl Einstein. Einstein particularly was an admirer of Benn’s poetry, and this is seen above all in his review of the latter’s Gesammelte Gedichte of 1927 (he singled out Benn’s ‘durch keine Wirklichkeit vorbestimmte(s) Sprachspiel’ and his ‘halluzinativ autistisches Wortgeschehen’ for high praise).

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