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Jugend ohne Gott (original 1937; edition 1994)

by Odön Von Horváth

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Title:Jugend ohne Gott
Authors:Odön Von Horváth
Info:Frankfurt am Main Suhrkamp 1994
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Youth Without God by Ödön von Horváth (1937)



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Situated at the time between the world wars and narrated by an unnamed teacher who struggles with his profession as he slowly watches himself become instrument to the promotion of propaganda - this dark fable belongs to the best books I have ever read.

It speaks about the nature of guilt and the meaning of such a term in a perverted/corrupted society, brutalised by a war that lies behind and a holocaust yet to come. Horvárth's language is simple yet extremely poignant, some of he images he provokes will forever be glued to my inner lens and in very short chapters and an artful understatement he drives the story foreward, circeling one of it's main theme's, the existence of god, or of such a thing as meaning in a world that seems to have a become a statement of the absence of both.

I am not sure whether Michael Haneke has in part been inspired by this novella when writing and filming his Oscar winning movie 'Das weiße Band' ( The White Ribbon). However when reading this book, this film would be great company. Both of them I would whole-heartedly recommend.
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  jeoblivion | Dec 29, 2013 |
I may lose my Austrian passports for this but I utterly failed to connect with this book. Bechdel: Pass (borderline). ( )
  elmyra | Jun 4, 2010 |
I'll always associate one bad memory with this very good book. It was one of the ten we had to read for our oral exams at finals, it was the only one I didn't have time to reread and, of course, it was the one my teacher chose to test me in. Because I had liked it when we read it, I thought I remembered everything. When I didn't know the easy answer to the question, "why did he kill?", it was obvious that I'd miscalculated. It's been 10 years since then and I don't think I'll ever forget why he killed. Because he wanted to see someone die. And just because. That said, it really is a good book. ( )
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Fleckhaus, WillyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foral-Krischke, SusannaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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25. März. Auf meinem Tische stehen Blumen.
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