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Hermann Broch – Frank Thiess. Letters from an intellectual friendship // With Paul Michael Lützeler and Thedel von Wallmoden // German National Library Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 13 December 2018, 19:00

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Location Frankfurt am Main

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. 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.

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. Although great differences arose after World War II between those who had fled into exile and those who had turned to so-called internal emigration, Broch and Thiess were able to preserve their friendship. Their correspondence during the post-war years is a revealing documentation of intellectual exile in the USA and the literary scene in the new Federal Republic of Germany.

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, Göttingen, and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, as part of whose series Mainzer Reihe, Neue Folge (“Mainz Series, New Instalment”) Wallstein has published the correspondence.

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