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The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism

J. P. Stern

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521024404 / ISBN 13: 9780521024402
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Title: The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Paperback. 468 pages. Dimensions: 8.3in. x 5.5in. x 1.3in.Completed shortly before Professor Sterns death in 1991, this book studies works by twelve major writers of German modernism, including Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, in relation to the history of the twentieth century. It explores the theme of the dear purchase, an ideal of moral strenuousness and sacrifice seen as characteristic of Germany after Nietzsche, and reveals the underlying flaw in this notion as a self-justifying value. Finally, it juxtaposes Manns Felix Krull and Kafkas story Josephine as a deliverance from the value-system of the title. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521024402

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Synopsis: This book studies individual works by twelve major writers of German modernism, including Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, in relation to the history of the twentieth century. It explores the theme of the 'dear purchase', an ideal of moral strenuousness and sacrifice seen as characteristic of Germany after Nietzsche, and reveals the underlying flaw in this notion as a self-justifying value. In this context, it considers the renaissance of German poetry after 1900, the impact of the War of 1914, its aftermath in uncertainty and relativism, and attitudes to the Hitler period, and finally juxtaposes Mann's Felix Krull and Kafka's story Josephine as a deliverance from the value-system of the title. The Introduction, partly autobiographical, traces J. P. Stern's preoccupation with this interpretation of his material in many of the books he published (especially those concerned with Nietzsche and Hitler), and pays tribute to Wittgenstein's influence on his thinking.

Book Description: '? [a] matchless analysis of German Modernism.' The Times

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