Between Sarmatia and Socialism: The Life and Works of Johannes Bobrowski - Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur 139 (Paperback)John P. Wieczorek (author)
Paperback 269 Pages / Published: 01/01/2000
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Interest in Johannes Bobrowski (1917-1965) has suffered from an impression of the complexity of his works and of the narrowness of his focus: on 'The Germans and their Eastern European neighbours'. The current study re-examines aspects of Bobrowski's 'Sarmatian' works, especially their chronological development, but places them within the wider context of the whole of his oeuvre. It looks at the long period of development before he discovered his 'theme' in the early 1950s and examines his development after Sarmatische Zeit and Schattenland Stroeme, seeing the volume Wetterzeichen as moving increasingly away from the past and towards more contemporary issues. His short stories and novels are related to the issues confronting him in East Germany and develop increasingly into responses to immediate poetic and social problems. Far from being a remote and backward orientated 'Sarmatian', Bobrowski emerges as a writer attempting to communicate with a society which, he felt, threatened to ignore basic human needs and aspirations. The study makes use of material from Bobrowski's Nachlass to present a figure looking for and offering patterns for orientation in his East German society, but with renewed relevance for post-unification Germany.
Number of pages: 269
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 220 x 150 mm
"The volume is essential reading for those seeking to understand Bobrowski's work in the context of its time." in: MLR, 96.4,2001 "Between Sarmatia and Socialism is an informative and useful study, and I highly recommend it." - David Scrase, University of Vermont, in: Seminar, A Journal of Germanic Studies, Vol. XXXVIII, No 3, Sept. 2002
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