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Character Transition in the Writings of Hans Erich Nossack


Peter J. Schroeck

An irresistible drive to escape the confines that delimit the independent existence of man is the dominant theme in the writings of Hans Erich Nossack. However, the reader not only finds it difficult, if not impossible, to follow the Nossack protagonist in his quest for freedom and independence, but he is also faced with the additional burden of having to decipher a maze of symbols, not all of which remain constant. This book unlocks part of the mystery that is Nossack.
Contents: An examination of the theme of the «Grenzübergang» in the writings of Hans Erich Nossack, the findings in the «other realm,» and the protagonists' return as a disillusioned «remigrant». This is the only complete analysis of this mystery in Nossack's oeuvre.