By J. P. Stern
Accomplished presently earlier than Professor Stern's demise in 1991, this booklet reviews works by way of twelve significant writers of German modernism, together with Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, on the subject of the background of the 20th century. It explores the topic of the "dear purchase," a fantastic of ethical strenuousness and sacrifice visible as attribute of Germany after Nietzsche, and divulges the underlying flaw during this proposal as a self-justifying worth. ultimately, it juxtaposes Mann's Felix Krull and Kafka's tale "Josephine" as a deliverance from the value-system of the identify.
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