Sebald particularly praised Der Untergang, Hans Erich Nossack’s account of the July firebombing of Hamburg, which was included in a. Buy Der Untergang by Hans Erich Nossack (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Hans Erich Nossack (30 January – 2 November ) was a German writer . Among his works are Spätestens im November (), Der jüngere Bruder.

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Dec 20, Kirk Johnson rated it really liked it. A sombre retelling of the bombing of hamburg by someone who lived through it. But Nossack is more than an observer, he is also a moralist.

Want to Read saving…. The true nossck of Hamburg’s undoing. Much of the text deals with how people cope with total loss of everything in their lives,; their homes, possessions and often family members and friends.

The author all too often takes off into excessively inflated metaphors. You are commenting using your WordPress. But having unterganv truly historical vision is to understand that past events were never mere steps along the teleological path to the present. They heard the planes.

And why are the chimneys still there, meaningless and without smoke? Just wanting to offer them help seemed too loud an action. One recalls sporadic details such as uans fat green flies, the starving cats attacking the morsels of food that they have been given or the mangled frame of a grand piano through which a rose has grown and bl It was W.

As a description of the Allied firebombing of Hamburg during WWII, this slim volume doesn’t offer much in the way of details. Before the Event, there was always the possibility that it could not have happened. Volker Hage, Hamburg I found Nossack’s surreal account of the aftermath of the bombing of Hamburg interesting from a literary perspective but also chilling. We didn’t have much time; indeed, we no longer had any time at all, we were outside edr time. One may ask for more, but this truly is just a snapshot of an event and the aftermath.


These things have their life from us, because at some time we bestowed our affection on them; they absorbed our warmth and harbored it gratefully in order to enrich us with it again in meager hours. With a pathological record of typical modes of death, or with behaviorist studies of the instincts of flight and homecoming? Detailing Operation Gomorrah, the decimation of Hamburg by the Allies inthis brief memoir is Books by Hans Erich Nossack.

I wish I could pray that no child would have to experience this but I know that would be a fruitless prayer.

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Der Untergang : Hamburg 1943. Nachw. v. Erich Lüth

View all 3 comments. It was the end. Jul 22, Kaitlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: To draft something this honestly contemplative so proximate to the experience is staggering. Machine translation like Deepl or Google Translate is a useful starting point for translations, but translators must revise errors as necessary and confirm that the translation is accurate, rather than simply copy-pasting machine-translated text into the English Wikipedia.

We had already experienced two hundred or even more air raids, among them some very heavy ones, but this was something completely new.


It also includes many photos taken around the destroyed Hamburg that only adds to the narrative. Poetic, evocative, and yet highly descriptive, The End will prove to be, as Sebald claimed, one of the most important German books on the firebombing of that country. Notify me of new comments via email. It was that of a combatant in a guerilla war for the preservation of human interiority, a scout who reconnoiters the social landscape and sends out messages to other clandestine resisters.

Sebald and literature with embedded photographs. Its tone, especially in the concluding pages, bears no relation to what most of us know or can imagine of disaster.

The End: Hamburg 1943

If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. I mean, why record all this? You can help by adding to it. The conventional biography was that of a coffee merchant and, later, a professional writer of considerable renown, a founding member of three academies and Vice President of a fourth, an active member of the P.

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Quotes from The End: And he nossack a point. With a pathographical record of typical modes of death, or with behaviorist studies of the instincts of flight and homecoming? Lists with This Book. Apr 16, Colin Szechy rated it it was amazing.