Erich Kästner

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Kästner, Erich


Born Feb. 23, 1899, in Dresden. German writer (Federal Republic of Germany).

Kästner is the author of collections of satirical verse such as Heart on the Waist (1928) and the sociocritical novel Fabian (1931; Russian translation, 1933). Among his many books written for children are Emil and the Detectives (1928; Russian translation, 1971), The Tomboy and Anton (1929), Till Eulenspiegel (1935), and The Animals’ Conference (1949). Under fascism Kästner’s books were banned; they were published abroad. After World War II (1939–45) he exposed West German militarism and wrote the antifascist play The School of Dictators (1956). Kästner won the G. Büchner literary prize in 1957. He is president of the FRG branch of the International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists (PEN).


Gesammelte Schriften für Erwachsene, vols. 1–4, 6–8. Munich-Zürich, 1969.
Notabene 45: Ein Tagebuch. Frankfurt-Hamburg, 1966.
In Russian translation: Malen’kaia svoboda: Stikhi. Moscow, 1962.
Mal’chik iz spichechnoi korobki. Moscow, 1966.


Sedel’nik, V. “Erikh Kestner—satirik i vospitate’,.” Detskaia literatura, 1970, no. 5.
Enderle, L. E. Kästner in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten. [Hamburg, 1966.]
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The twelve chapters discuss some of Weimar's most popular politically active novelist s, most of them on the critical left: Heinrich Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger, Erich Maria Remarque, Alfred Doblin or Hans Fallada, with the notable absence of Erich Kastner.
The list is incomplete; there are omissions based either on my particular taste or imperfect knowledge: Werner Bergengrun, Ernst Bertram, Wolf Biermann, Georg Britting, Hans Carossa, Theodor Daubler, Peter Gan, Albrecht Goes, Ivan Goll, Rudolf Hagelstange, Max Hermann-Niesse, Hermann Hesse, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Friedrich Georg Junger, Erich Kastner, Klabund (pseudonym of Alfred Henschke), Karl Krolow, Wilhem Lehmann, Oskar Loerke, Otto zur Linde, Agnes Miegel, Alfred Mombert, Christian Morgenstern (other than that fishy nonverbal piece), Joachim Ringelnatz, Friedrich Schnack, Wilhelm von Scholz, Rudolf Alexander Schroder, August Stramm, Josef Weinheber, Konrad Weiss, Anton Wildgans, Georg von der Wring, and Carl Zuckmayer.
Others, by contrast, offer, at least for this reviewer, truly original and interesting insights, especially the chapters on the debate between Thomas Mann and Erich Kastner on the concept of "inner emigration" and the chapters on the contrast between a "culture of guilt" as represented by Karl Jaspers and a "culture of shame" as represented by former Nazis such as Martin Heidegger, Ernst Junger, and Carl Schmitt.