Sebald particularly praised Der Untergang, Hans Erich Nossack’s account of the July firebombing of Hamburg, which was included in a. Buy Der Untergang by Hans Erich Nossack (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Hans Erich Nossack (30 January – 2 November ) was a German writer . Among his works are Spätestens im November (), Der jüngere Bruder.
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Why do they try to lie to the dead? Much of the text deals with how people cope with total loss of everything in their lives,; their homes, hns and often family members and friends.
Poetic, evocative, and yet highly descriptive, The End will prove to be, as Sebald claimed, one of the most important German books on the firebombing of that country. You must srich copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation.
But maybe this is not so hard to understand if one tries to imagine the totality of the loss. Staying in a small rental cottage within sight of the city, Nossack rrich the days of bombing and the ensuing flight of survivors before making his way back into Hamburg to see if anything was left of his home and office. Or a descent into the underworld? It is a very fine work.
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Nossack’s The End: Caught in the Middle
The writing offers a very sparse examination of the effects of on the remaining inhabitants and offers a number of seemingly incomplete vignettes of life.
At times Nossak does this, as when he describes the thirty-seven people who were trapped in a bomb shelter that was directly adjacent to a coal bin that had caught fire. Jan 20, Elaine rated it it was amazing. Everything a memoir should be. If there had been such a little something, how we would have caressed it; it would have been imbued with the essence of all the other things. With a pathographical record of typical modes of death, or with behaviorist studies of the instincts of flight and homecoming?
It isn’t meant to be a complete historical account, but as a personal documentation of one immersed in a tragedy that is but a shard from the millions that never shall be inked. But she whom he thinks to behold is Persephone, the Queen of the dead, before whose throne he had sung, and who had interceded for him with Hades, the King, to release the abducted Eurydice.
Plus, a great perspective on the victimhood that Germans felt post World War 2. With a pathological record of typical modes of death, or with behaviorist studies of the instincts of flight and homecoming? With a scientific account of the previously unknown phenomenon of the firestorms? This section is empty.
But what if the earth were to say: Apparently he was so overwhelmed by what he had seen that he was unable to deliver the article. Why are there no nossxck on the stairs any longer? And it is the rare book, as W. I was living in New York then.
Quotes from The End: Mar 14, bj combs rated it it was amazing Shelves: June Click [show] for important translation instructions. And he has a point.
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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I translated the essay on Hamburg when I was in my early thirties. The true stories of Hamburg’s undoing. Much like the historic baroque city of Dresden, Hamburg and its residence become helpless vi This eye-witness account of the destruction of Hamburg, one of hundreds of cities in Germany targeted during the Second World War, is a profoundly horrifying and tragic tale of human savagery. Hamburgwritten 3 months after the bombing of Hamburg by the allies during the Second World War.
Sebald had ericu championed him and if Germans did not have the laudable custom gans commemorating artists habs writers of note on the occasion of their hundredth birthday. This eye-witness account of the destruction of Hamburg, one of hundreds of cities in Germany targeted during the Second World War, is a profoundly horrifying and tragic tale of human savagery.
Der Untergang : Hamburg 1943. Nachw. v. Erich LÃ¼th
This is a wonderful, true, first-person telling of a civilian’s experience of war. After all, many people lost children or spouses or friends; what is the loss of even the most treasured object compared to that?
Written with no trace of rancor or enmity, this straight-forward depiction and description of the carnage and devastation leaves no doubts as to the barbarity and blindness underlying the Allied bombings campaigns. Mar 13, Genjiro rated it it was amazing. Before the Event, there was always the possibility that it could not have happened. This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in German. We didn’t have much time; indeed, we no longer had any time at all, we were outside of time.
He wrote his account four months after the events in November and was clearly still in shock. This page was last edited on 16 Juneat The impeccable witness to the destruction of Hamburg was an unreliable source of information about his own life—or perhaps I should say: But that Nossack, three months after Hamburg was incinerated, found himself at just such a threshold is not a matter of conjecture: Where now is your deed?
Even though it was just for a brief period; for in the meantime the picture has become confused again. View a machine-translated version of the German article. Nossack’s account of the devastation of Hamburg has a shell-shocked quality to its prose.