Hermann Broch was already in his mid-40s when he published the first volume of his novel trilogy “The Sleepwalkers” in 1930. In 1928, he made the acquaintance of Frank Thiess in Vienna; Thiess was one of the Weimar Republic’s most successful authors. After the annexation of Austria, Broch had to flee to the USA because of his Jewish origins. Thiess, on the other hand, believed that he was unable to leave Germany. The friendship that developed between them was placed on a firmer footing between the two World Wars and continued after 1945. Their long correspondence is remarkable for the openness with which they criticised their books, and reflects a time of extensive political and social upheaval.
Paul Michael Lützeler, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis (USA), and Thedel von Wallmoden, founder and director of the Wallstein Verlag publishing company, present this recently published correspondence.
An event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the Wallstein Verlag publishing company and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.
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