Branner, Hans Christian

Branner, Hans Christian,

1903–66, Danish writer. Branner's early novels, often concerned with the irrational fears of childhood, include The Child Playing on the Shore (1937). With The Riding Master (1949; tr. 1951) he turned to more complex Freudian themes, expressed in an increasingly symbolic vein. Later works include the plays Siblings (1952; tr. The Judge, 1955) and Nobody Knows the Night (1955), and a volume of poems, Ariel (1963).


See study by T. L. Markey (1973).

Branner, Hans Christian


Born June 23, 1903, in Ordrup; died Apr. 24, 1966, in Copenhagen. Danish writer and translator.

Branner made his debut in 1932 with radio plays. In 1936 his antifascist novel The Toys was published. In his psychological novel The Rider (1949) and in a play with the same title (1952), Branner comes out against blind worship of the authority of a strong personality. The play Brothers and Sisters (1952) is concerned with the alienation of people in a capitalist society and their striving for unity. The realistic novel No One Knows the Night (1955) and the play Thermopylae (1958) are devoted to the Resistance Movement. Branner published several collections of stories.


In Russian translation:
“Ingeborg.” In Rasskazy skandinavskikh pisatelei. Moscow, 1957.
Dve minuty molchaniia. Moscow, 1960.
“Rasskazy.” In the collection Datskaia novella XIX-XX vv. Leningrad, 1967.


Kristensen, S. M. Datskaia literatura 1918–1952. Moscow, 1963.
Pereslegina, E. V. “Romany Khansa Brannera.” Vestnik MGU: Filologiia, 1968, no. 2.
Nielsen, F. Dansk digtning i dag. Copenhagen, 1957.
Kristensen, S. M. Digtning og livssyn. Copenhagen, 1959.
Dansk litteratur historie, vol. 4. Copenhagen, 1966.


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