TU Ilmenau Citizens Campus: Confessions of transformation and failure: Franz Fühmann (1922- 1984)

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Fr. 19.11.2021
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Theme:     Confessions of transformation and failure: Franz Fühmann (1922- 1984)

Time:         Friday, 19.11.2021, 3:00 p.m.

Place:       TU Ilmenau,Faraday Building, Faraday Lecture Hall, Weimarer Str. 32

Speaker:   Prof. Dr. Ilse Nagelschmidt, University of Leipzig


Due to the limited number of seats, pre-registration is mandatory: www.tu-ilmenau.de/buergercampus


Due to the changed regulations for the containment of the Corona pandemic, the 3G+ rules apply to the event


"I have cruel pains. The bitterest is that of having failed: In literature and in the hope of a society such as we all once dreamed of." (1983)


Franz Fühmann, born in Rochlitz, Bohemia, a pupil at the Jesuit school in Kalksburg near Vienna from 1932 to 1936, joined the Reitersturm of the SA in 1938 after the annexation of the Sudetenland, an intelligence soldier in World War II in Pottawa and Athens, a Russian prisoner of war from 1945 to 1949, where he graduated from an Antifa school in 1947, first as a student, then as an assistant in Opre (Latvia). Like Johannes Bobrowski, Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Siegfried Lenz and Christa Wolf, he is considered one of the seekers and confessors of German literature in the second half of the 20th century.half of the 20th century. The aim of this contribution is, on the one hand, to see him within this literature and, on the other hand, to show the author's processes of change - from the intensive confrontations with his homeland and his life's journey, to his preoccupation with fairy tales, legends and myths, to his final projects - by means of selected texts. In Fühmann's work, failure becomes an aesthetic category that gains increasing importance in the interpretation of his work, as it points to ways out of crises.

Admission: 5 euros



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