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„Neubeschreibung meines Lebens und meiner Arbeit“. Jurij Brězans autobiografische Schriften
Re-writing my life and work: Jurij Brězan’s Autobiographical Writings

Author(s): Peter Barker
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Domowina-Verlag GmbH / Ludowe nakładnistwo Domowina
Keywords: Sorbian literature; Mein Stück Zeit; Ohne Pass und Zoll; Jurij Brezan;

Summary/Abstract: Jurij Brězan was the most important Sorbian writer of the 20th Century, who was known above all for his novels, a genre which before 1945 hardly existed in Sorbian literature. Despite his view that his most important task was the preservation of the Sorbian language and identity, he was a significant literary figure at national level in the GDR. His two most im-portant autobiographical works, Mein Stück Zeit (1989, 2nd edition 1998) and Ohne Pass und Zoll (1999) illustrate the dilemmas of a socialist writer caught between politics and writing in the GDR who in the end gave up his belief in the power of literature to have a direct influence on politics.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 081-087
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: German