Joho, Wolfgang

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Joho, Wolfgang


Born Mar. 6, 1908, in Karlsruhe. German writer (German Democratic Republic [GDR]).

Joho joined the German Communist Party in 1929 and was subjected to repression by the Nazis between 1937 and 1945. In 1960 he became editor of the journal Neue Deutsche Literatur. He is the author of the short story The Shepherd’s Pipe (1947), which describes the experiences of a young man called up into Hitler’s army. His short stories “The End of Captivity” (1949) and “The Transformation of Dr. Brad” (1949), his collection of short stories Changes (1957), and his novels Jeanne Peyrouton (1949), The Twelve and the Two (1950), and The Path Out of Solitude (1953) deal with the bourgeois intelligentsia, the best of whom achieve an understanding of the workers. The novel No Compassion (1962) tells the story of an intellectual of the GDR who flees to West Germany and finds that he is unable to survive. Joho is the author of the historical novel The Dreamer’s Rebellion (1966). He was awarded the T. Fontane Prize in 1958 and the National Prize of the GDR in 1962.


Traum von der Gerechtigkeit. Berlin, 1956.
Die Nacht der Erinnerung. Berlin, 1957.
Die Wendemarke. Berlin, 1962.
Ich bin hier Arzt. Berlin, 1964.
Das Klassentreffen: Geschichte einer Reise. Berlin-Weimar, 1968.
In Russian translation:
“Tak bylo 9 maia.” In the collection Na perelome. Moscow, 1951.
“Predatel’stvo.” In the collection Sovremennye nemetskie rasskazy. Moscow, 1959.
“Reportazh iz masterskoi.” Voprosy literatury, 1964, no. 5.


Mlechina, I. “Drugogo puti net.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1963, no. 8.
“Das Klassentreffen.” (Review.) Neue Deutsche Literatur, 1969, no. 4.


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