Group 47

A history of literature in Federal Germany

Original Title: Die Gruppe 47

Hardcover with jacket, 480 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04315-3
€ 15.00 [D] | € 15.50 [A] | CHF 21.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Belletristik

Date of publication: November 12, 2012
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Rights sold to: China (Orient Publ. Center)


Helmut  Böttiger - Group 47


The book about the birth of the modern literary scene in Germany

Group 47 is a household name when it comes to looking at the literary scene in Germany, and we think we know all there is to know about it. A closer look, however, makes one thing clear: it wasn't like that at all. Paul Celan's success in Germany would never have been possible without Group 47; Günter Grass represented a minority position; and the critics taking part in the discussions were mainly acting associatively.

Helmut Böttiger is now publishing a first comprehensive overview of the history of this group, which invented the modern literary scene and left its mark on it right down to the present day. Referring to many hitherto unknown documents and conversations with witnesses from the time, the author has created a picture of the early history of the Federal Republic of Germany – of the difficulties of throwing off the mark left by National Socialism on literature through to a new and risky interplay between literature, the market and media society that is still an ongoing process even today.

"The best contemporary journalistic presentation by far on Gruppe 47."

Joachim Kaiser


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