Hans Keilson + Heinrich Detering

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ISBN: 978-3-596-19193-2


176 Pages,
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ISBN 978-3-596-19193-2


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.

About Hans Keilson + Heinrich Detering

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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