Hermann Kant


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Kant, Hermann

 

Born June 14, 1926, in Hamburg. German writer and publicist (German Democratic Republic).

Kant’s first collection of short stories was A Bit of the South Sea (1962). His novels The Auditorium (1965; Russian translation, 1968) and Impressum (1972; Russian translation, 1974) were devoted to the problems of personality development in a socialist society. Kant was awarded the Heinrich Heine Prize in 1962 and the H. Mann Prize in 1967.

WORKS

In Stockholm. Berlin, 1971. (In collaboration with L. Reher.)
In Russian translation:
“V SOIUZE S NARODOM.” Voprosy literatury, 1969, no. 10.

REFERENCES

Knipovich, E. “Aktovyi zal’ G. Kanta.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1966, no. 12.
Chetverikova, N. “Prosto o slozhnom.” Pod“em, 1969, no. 1.
Auer, A. “Eine einfache Sache: Zu dem Roman ‘Die Aula’ von H. Kant (1965).” In Standorte-Erkundungen. Halle an der Saale, 1967.
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When he expressed a desire to live outside the GDR but remain a citizen with the right to travel regularly to and from East Berlin, Hermann Kant and others intervened on his behalf, and it seems that it was Honecker himself who approved the visa.
Taberner's analysis of literature from former East Germany highlights familiar trends: Ostalgie, Stasi-novels, and autobiographies written by the older generation of East German writers such as Hermann Kant and Gunter de Bruyn.
Some writers were quick off the mark, others slower to respond: Stefan Heym, Nachruf (1988); Hermann Kant, Abspann: Erinnerungen an meine Gegenwart (1991); Heiner Muller, Krieg ohne Schlacht: Leben in zwei Diktaturen (1992); Gunter de Bruyn, Vierzig Jahre: Ein Lebensbericht (1996).
As someone who has been a literary foot soldier, so to speak, Loest uses the journalistic opportunity to settle scores (with Hermann Kant, Stephan Hermlin, Dietmar Keller) or to score points for his friends (Christa Wolf, but not Walter Janka).
Hermann Kant, prolific author, chronicler of East Germany from its earliest years, and erstwhile president of the East German writers' association, continues to write his books about his compatriots even as they now try to cope with life after the "Wende.