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But you’ve hardly heaved a sigh of relief, and there they are again. There’s also the undercurrent of the protagonist’s own sense of duty with runs in two distinct th Amazing book about a boy in a detention facility looking back on his youth during WWII and his policeman father’s efforts under orders to suppress a local expressionist artist as he is forced to write an essay on the “joys of duty”.

What can one say about the Nazi’s that has not already been said???? It was unlike anything I’d read yet.

They were married in The narrator’s father is the village policeman who is tasked with keeping the artist under observation and ensuring that he paints no canvases- amusingly the policeman develops second sight during the course of the war and he suffers from distinctly improper visions of death and defeat, nonetheless he does his duty.

Unfortunately, I must update this review to reflect a report in the German weekly Die Zeit that Emil Nolde, the artist who deutschstuned this novel, was a Nazi sympathizer: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Dec 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it.

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He was not allowed to paint—even in private—after Ina previously unpublished novel by Siegfried Lenz appeared that he had written in ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Told in retrospect through a young boy’s eyes, it is the story of how one deutshcstunde the boy’s policeman father becomes so consumed by his love of duty that it takes him over, at the expense of friendship and family loyalty.


One thing that became obvious very quickly was that the word “Nazi” is never once used in the book. Siggi Jepsen the first-person narratoran inmate of a juvenile detention center, is forced to write an essay with the title “The Joy of Duty.

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I had no previous knowledge about this book before reading it, which is normally how I like to do it anyway. Without providing a complete plot summary, which would ruin the reading experience for you, I will merely set the stage.

At first he doesn’t even know how to start but when he finally starts writing he can’t stop and all the memories of his childhood during Second World War in Northern Germany pour out of him.

SinceLenz worked as a freelance writer in Hamburg lennz was a member of the literature forum “Group This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz

I went into it deutschstunee an almost morbid curiosity as to what a German author writing in the ‘s would be saying about a German town in Nazi Germany. I finally picked this book off my shelves when I read that Siegfried Lenz died at the age of Take away the elements of WWII, take away the Germans, and read this as a study of human character during extreme conditions Nationalistic existentialism.

Nolde, in turn, was an assumed name, as the historical artist was born as Emil Hansen.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? We need to know, I would be frightened of anyone who understood the Nazi’s and I do not and don’t want to but I am continually puzzled, attracted and horrified as if I were reading about a deutschsutnde horrifying murder that I read this in a college history class and I am now putting it out to be reread.


Deutschstunde was translated into several languages. Het is een deutzchstunde en gedetailleerd verhaal, maar Lenz weet door slimme constructies steeds de spanning vast te houden.

Published inThe German Lesson has become one of the most internationally prominent novels in German contemporary literature. A contemporary literary classic: The descriptions are vivid, the reader can see these wonderful works of art in their minds as well. It tells of the madness of the war in Eastern Europe and of a German soldier who joins the Red Army and has to live with the guilt of having shot and killed his brother-in-law. Twee van hen kregen de Nobelprijs Literatuur: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Written with a frailty which is beautifully conveyed in this translation, the prose is quite lovely and sensitive, as the story unfolds of the erosion of a son’s love for his father, due to the policeman father’s obsession with duty.

Alle drie verwerkten en becommentarieerden ze dat verleden in hun romans. He is to write an essay on dutyand through the course of the copybooks he details his childhood in Nazi Germany, his relationship with his father, a police officer, and his friendship with an older artist friend.

Siegfried Lenz: Deutschstunde [German Lesson]

CS1 German-language sources de Articles containing German-language text Interlanguage link template link number. Jul 06, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: I will paint invisible pictures. The gallery is fascinating as the scale and the subject manner of the paintings is apparently affected by the war years.