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Taking Sides

Stefan Heym’s Historical Fiction


Meg Tait

Contents: Representation of history in Heym’s fiction and in GDR political discourses and historical studies – Heym as a ‘GDR author’ – This study focuses on three novels, The Lenz Papers (1964), Ahasver (1981) and Schwarzenberg (1984), and traces developing interests and emphases both in his fiction and in his political beliefs and attitudes as indicated in his journalism and speeches.