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Art and Politics in Wolfgang Koeppen's Postwar Trilogy


Richard L. Gunn

This study traces the reception of Wolfgang Koeppen's postwar novels, compares their stylistc aspects, analyzes the social criticism, and shows the thematic unity of a trilogy which warns of the dangers of political restoration and neo-fascism.
Contents: Koeppen's early years - Reception and reevalua- tion - Thematic analysis: Fascism in Tauben im Gras, Political Restoration in Das Treibhaus, New Democrats and Old Nazis in Der Tod in Rom - Social Criticism.