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Hans Keilson’s essays and speeches combine reflection with poetry, contemplation with narration. Even as a schoolboy in the 1920s Hans Keilson began writing short texts, remaining true to the essay form until his recent death. His themes range from portraits to landscape explorations, from psychoanalysis to thoughts on language and writing. Time and again, he focuses on his grief at the catastrophe of Germany’s twentieth century, the pain caused by the persecution and destruction of the Jews.
On the basis of the 2005 edition, Heinrich Detering has selected a number of previously published texts and added numerous essays written in recent years or only available in minor publications.
The volume is published simultaneously with Hans Keilson’s book of memoirs Da steht mein Haus and a new edition of the early novel Das Leben geht weiter. The novella Komödie in Moll and the novel Der Tod des Widersachers are also available.