HANS FALLADA: WEIMAR NOVELIST

August 31, 2007 at 4:05 am | Posted in Art, Books, Germany, History, Literary | Leave a comment

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Hans Fallada

(Rudolf W F Ditzen) Germany (18931947)

Hans Fallada

(born July 21, 1893 died February 5, 1947 )

Hans Fallada (born July 21, 1893 in Greifswald as Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen, died February 5, 1947 in Berlin) was one of the best-known German writers of the 20th Century. He wrote primarily novels of social criticism, and his most famous work is the novel, Little Man, What Now?

Hans came from the story “Hans in Luck”, because he get more luck. Fallada chose his pen name as a reference to the horse Falada, in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “The Goose Girl;” the stress is on the first syllable.

Works

  • Der junge Goedeschal, 1920
  • Anton und Gerda, 1923
  • Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben, 1931
  • Kleiner Mann, was nun?, 1932
  • English: Little Man, What Now?
  • Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt, 1932
  • Wir hatten mal ein Kind, 1934
  • Märchen vom Stadtschreiber, der aufs Land flog, 1935
  • Altes Herz geht auf die Reise, 1936
  • Hoppelpoppel – wo bist du?, Kindergeschichten, 1936
  • Wolf unter Wölfen, 1937
  • Geschichten aus der Murkelei, Märchen, 1938
  • Der eiserne Gustav, 1938
  • Süßmilch spricht, 1938
  • Kleiner Mann – großer Mann, alles vertauscht, 1939
  • Süßmilch spricht. Ein Abenteuer von Murr und Maxe, Erzählung, 1939
  • Der ungeliebte Mann, 1940
  • Das Abenteuer des Werner Quabs, Erzählung, 1941
  • Damals bei uns daheim, Erinnerungen, 1942
  • Heute bei uns zu Haus, Erinnerungen, 1943
  • Fridolin der freche Dachs, 1944
  • Jeder stirbt für sich allein, 1947
  • Der Alpdruck, 1947
  • Der Trinker, 1950
  • Ein Mann will nach oben, 1953
  • Die Stunde, eh´du schlafen gehst, 1954
  • Junger Herr – ganz groß, 1965

WOLF AMONG WOLVES

Wolf unter Wölfen, 1937

Five years after the First World War, Germany is plunged into a crisis of inflation. 41, 000 marks are worth no more than a dollar: people live as and how they can. Love becomes the national palliative-in each other’s arms men and women find temporary respite from the harsh realities of existence. Young Wolfgang Pagel wakes one morning in the bed he shares with the girl Petra. ” I’m entirely broke, Petra, ” he says. ” I haven’t got a single mark left.” This is a powerful and movingly authentic novel, but it is not a pretty one.

In his preface the author warns ‘ that WOLF AMONG WOLVES deals with sinful, weak, sensual, erring, unstable men, the children of an age disjointed, mad and sick. But it presents also some upright and courageous people. All in all, it is a book for those who are, in every sense, adult. ‘

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