By Ulrich Plenzdorf
Essentially the most talked-about works ever released within the German Democratic Republic! This leading edge novel via an East German author is a useful significant other to the vintage it parodies and parallels: Goethe's The Sufferings of younger Werther. Goethe and J. D. Salinger have been the 2 maximum affects on Edgar Wibeau, "Young W." Edgar is a 17-year-old with the frustrations of young children around the globe, dwelling with the extra pressures of an East-bloc country. A version all-GDR boy, the son of a manufacturing facility director, he without warning drops out. yet now not from socialism consistent with se--just from conformity, choosy rules, and reliable disapproval of denims, the blues, and ladies. Hiding out, he unearths and devours an outdated replica of The Sufferings of younger Werther. From then on he wards off fact with Goethe texts, and younger Wibeau's destiny is superimposed on that of Werther like a clear overlay. it truly is an ironic and revealing linkage.
Titles of comparable curiosity from Waveland Press: Goethe, Gotz von Berlichingen: A Play (ISBN 9780881335415); Hauptmann, Three performs [The Weavers, Hannele, and The Beaver Coat] (ISBN 9780881335408); and Novalis, Henry von Ofterdingen: A Novel (ISBN 9780881335743).
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