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Key novel about the life of German emigrants The scene of this novel is Paris, the city that became a place of exile for thousands of German refugees. In the spring of 1935, Friedrich Benjamin, a well-known publicist and editor of a German emigrant newspaper, was abducted by the Nazis. Sepp Trautwein, music professor and composer expelled by his Munich teaching clock, gives up music to make Benjamin's cause his own. He fights an almost hopeless struggle, which is finally reflected in his art as an incentive and confirmation. He composes the symphony "Der Wartesaal", a metaphor for the time of exile. Feuchtwanger chose an authentic case as the starting point for a differentiated presentation of the situation of German exiles, their existential needs, their political disunity and their "powerless and somewhat ridiculous.more


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Publisher Aufbau
Product type Novels


A novel is a long prose narrative that describes fictional characters and events in the form of a sequential story, usually. The genre has historical roots in the fields of medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter, an Italian word used to describe short stories, supplied the present generic English term in the 18th century.

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Item number7117856
Release date29.09.2008


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German is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. It is one of the world's major languages and the most widely spoken first language in the European Union. Globally, German is spoken by approximately 120 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers. Standard German is widely taught in schools, universities and Goethe Institutes worldwide.

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