Man Outside

ISBN-10: 0811200116

ISBN-13: 9780811200110

Edition: 1971 (Revised)

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Description: Wolfgang Borchert died in 1947--the twenty-six-year-old victim of a malaria-like fever contracted during World War II. This was just one day after the premier of his play, The Man Outside, which caused an immediate furor throughout his native Germany with its youthful, indeed revolutionary, vision against war and the dehumanizing effects of the police state. In a very real sense, Borchert was both the moral and physical victim of the Third Reich and the Nazi war machine. As a Wehrmacht conscript, he twice served on the Russian front, where he was wounded, and twice was imprisoned for his outspokenness. His voice speaks plainly and powerfully from out of the war's carnage all the more poignantly for its being cut short at so young an age.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1971
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 1/17/1971
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Wolfgang Borchert was a dramatist who grew up under the Nazi regime. During World War II he was imprisoned and sentenced to death for what was considered his defeatist attitude. He died at the age of 26, the night before the Hamburg premiere of his play The Outsider (The Man Outside). Surrealistic in technique, the play concerns the return of a maimed German prisoner of war who finds everything destroyed and all hope shattered. The efforts of the hero of the play to make a place for himself end in failure. The Outsider remains important because it is an excellent drama. It is the most complete expression of the disillusionment of the youth of postwar Germany with the system that had ruined their country and their own best years. It is the only really successful recreation of the World War II art form known as Expressionsim. Borchert died in 1947.

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