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Ansichten eines Clowns [Roman] (German Edition)

He refused to join the Hitler Youth during the s. In he married Annemarie Cech, with whom he would have three sons; she later collaborated with him on a number of different translations of English and American literature into German that he produced over the years. Conscripted into the Wehrmacht ansicbten, he served in PolandFranceRomaniaHungary and the Soviet Unionand was wounded four times as well as contracting typhoid fever before being captured by Americans in April and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

After the war he returned to Cologne and qnsichten working in his family’s cabinet shop and, for one year, worked in a municipal statistical bureau, an experience which he did not enjoy and which he left in order to take the risk of becoming a writer instead.

He was invited to the meeting of the Group 47 circle of German authors and his work was deemed to be the best presented in Many other novels, short stories, radio plays and essay collections followed.

In he received the prize of the Tribune de Paris. In he ansicnten given the French prize for the best foreign novel. In he gained the Eduard von der Heydt prize of the city of Wuppertal and the prize of the Bavarian Academy of Arts. In he received the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature”.

He was given a number of honorary awards up to his death, such as the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters inand the Ossietzky Medal of the latter for his defence of and contribution to global human rights. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and he remains one of Germany’s most widely read authors.


Despite the variety of themes and content in his work, there are certain recurring patterns: In a number of his books there are protagonists who are stubborn and eccentric individualists opposed to the mechanisms of the state or of public institutions. The publication of The Clown was met with polemics in the press for its negative portrayal of the Catholic Church and the CDU party.

In particular, he was unable to forget the Concordat of July between the Vatican and ansichtem Nazis, signed by the future Pope Pius XIIwhich helped confer international legitimacy on the regime at an early stage in its development.

In the immediate post-war period, he was preoccupied with memories of the War and the effect it had—materially and psychologically—on the lives of ordinary vlowns. He made them the heroes in his writing. His Catholicism was important to his work in ways that can be compared to writers such as Graham Greene and Georges Bernanos though, as noted earlier, his perspective was a critical and challenging one towards Catholicism ansichtne than a merely passive one.

He was deeply affected by the Nazis ‘ takeover of Cologne, as they essentially exiled him in his own town.

Additionally, the destruction of Cologne as a result of the Allied bombing bbll World War II scarred him for life; he described the aftermath of the bombing in The Silent Angel.

Architecturally, the newly-rebuilt Cologne, prosperous once more, left him indifferent. Throughout his life, he remained in close contact with the citizens of Cologne, rich and poor. His villains are the figures of authority in government, business, the mainstream mediaand in the Church, whom he castigates, sometimes humorously, sometimes acidly, for what he perceived as their conformism, lack of courage, self-satisfied attitude and abuse of power.

His simple style made his work a favourite for German-language textbooks in Germany and abroad. He was a leader of ansichte German writers who tried to come to grips with the memory of World War IIthe Nazisand the Holocaust ansichtej the guilt that came with them.

Because of his refusal to avoid writing about the complexities and problems of the past he was labelled by some with the role of ‘Gewissen der Nation’ conscience of the nationin other words a catalyst and conduit for memorialisation and discussion in opposition to the tendency towards silence and taboo. This was a label that he himself was keen to jettison because he felt that it occluded a fair audit of those institutions which were truly responsible for what had happened. He lived with his wife in Cologne and in the Eifel region.


However, he also spent time on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. His cottage there is now used as a guesthouse for international and Irish artists.

He recorded some of his experiences in Ireland in his book Irisches Tagebuch Asnichten Journal ; later on the people of Achill curated a festival in his honour. The Irish connection also influenced the translations into German by his wife Annemarie, which included works by Brendan BehanCllwns.

He was the president of the then West German P. He travelled frequently as a representative of the new, democratic Germany. His appearance and attitude were in complete contrast ansichtdn the boastful, aggressive type of German which had become infamous all over the world during Hitler’s rule. His cottage in Ireland has been used as a residency for writers since SalingerGeorge Bernard Shaw et al. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 August University of California Press.

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