Hans Keilson Herausgegeben von: Heinrich Detering

Da steht mein Haus

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ISBN: 978-3-596-51230-0


128 Pages, gebunden
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ISBN 978-3-596-51230-0


‘As the personality changes, so the quality of memory alters.’ Hans Keilson places this quote at the beginning of his retrospection. It is a book of mirrored reflections and splinters, quiet and doubting observations, glinting in these memoirs as moving as they are sanguine.
Growing up in Brandenburg, studying and enjoying life in Berlin, exile in Holland – these are the external stations of Keilson’s life. The Depression, anti-Semitism, war, but also friendship, music and hope create the framework.
Written in the 1990s, this book hits a literary tone that adds a new facet to his body of superb work, translated around the world.
In the place of an epilogue, the book closes with a detailed dialogue on ‘a hundred years’ of living and writing.

About Hans Keilson

Hans Keilson was born 1909 in Bad Freienwalde. His 1933 novel Das Leben geht weiter was the last debut of a Jewish author published by S. Fischer before the end of the Second World War. In 1936, Keilson left Germany and emigrated to the Netherlands, where he lived until his death in 2011. Hans Keilson, in his work as author and psychiatrist, analysed and captured in writing the emotional, political, and cultural effects of the National Socialist period like no other author. His literary commitment to humanity was unwavering. In stark contrast to the loud confusion of the 20th century, his quiet, sometimes funny, characterisations remain deeply human in their existential and historical experience. A grand poet in his prose, an analytic, clear-eyed observer in his poetry. In 2005, his complete works were published by S. Fischer in two volumes; in 2011, his memoir, Da steht mein Haus, followed.

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Heinrich Detering is a Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Göttingen University, and President of the German Academy for Language and Literature. He has published widely on Thomas Mann, and his books include “Jews, Women and Literature”, on Mann’s early work. He is joint editor of the “Annotated Frankfurt Edition” of Thomas Mann’s works.

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