Sebald particularly praised Der Untergang, Hans Erich Nossack’s account of the July firebombing of Hamburg, which was included in a. Buy Der Untergang by Hans Erich Nossack (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Hans Erich Nossack (30 January – 2 November ) was a German writer . Among his works are Spätestens im November (), Der jüngere Bruder.

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At times, his uncharacteristic imprecision about what he likes and dislikes in German literature of the war era provides an opening for the objections of Agee and others. Great worthwhile read that will only take you a day or two to finish.

Hans Erich Nossack

Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction which alerted me to this book. To stand by that truth—to declare it—is revolutionary. He uses it frequently and freely.

Let no one ask me why I habs to speak of a mandate: Talk of domestic matters? Volker Hage, Hamburg This slim volume, which includes a foreword by Joel Agee also translator and photos by Erick Andres, packs a punch.

Der Untergang : Hamburg 1943. Nachw. v. Erich Lüth

For all too understandable reasons, of course. He repeats words like abyss, catastrophe, and calamity.


Its tone, especially in the concluding pages, bears no relation to what most of us know or can imagine of disaster. This word has a terrible resonance if one conceives it to mean what it does here: After all, many people lost children nosscak spouses or friends; what is the loss of even the most treasured object compared to that?

Already during the night and at daybreak the first refugees had arrived. The reports were unlike anything I would have associated with that word. We didn’t have much time; indeed, we no longer had any time at all, we were outside of time. That would be a simple statement such as the dead, too, could understand. Before the Event, there was always the possibility that it could not have happened.

Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. Why do they try to lie to the dead?

This eye-witness account of the destruction of Hamburg, one of hundreds of cities in Germany targeted during the Second World War, is a profoundly horrifying and tragic tale of human savagery. Where now is your deed?

But Nossack is more than an observer, nossack is also a moralist. Much of the psychology and reflections might well untergant the thoughts of those who have lost their homes, possessions, family and friends after contemporary fires, floods, and hurricanes. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Foreword by Joel Agee.


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HIs emotions unhergang very real and the descriptions were vivid. A model attribution edit summary using German: With a pathographical record of typical modes of death, or with behaviorist studies of the instincts of flight and homecoming? No one was interested. There is no doubt that Air War and Literature is a problematic essay. Indeed, it seems that no German writer, with the sole exception of Nossack, was ready or able to put any concrete facts down on paper about the progress jans repercussions of this gigantic, long-term campaign of destruction.

Nov 03, James rated it really liked it. I would recommend this for anyone interested in WWII history.