Fabian by Erich Kastner
The Story of a Moralist (Northwestern Univ Pr) (European Classics)

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Originally published in German in 1931 and in an expurgated English translation in 1932, this novel is the tale of Jacob Fabian, a Berlin advertising copywriter doomed in the context of economic, ethical, and political collapse by his characteristic mixture of detachment and decency. Fabian is a middle-of-the-road liberal, an Enlightenment rationalist, a believer that the public condition reflects prevailing private moralities, and a skeptic toward all ideological nostrums. Richly detailed and vividly plotted, Fabian remains an unparalleled personalization of the collapse of the Weimar Republic. This new edition restores the deleted sections considered too explicit for the original publication. It also includes Kastner's epilogue, which had been rejected by the original publisher, the preface added by the author to the 1952 German reissue, and an informative foreword by the scholar Rodney Livingstone.
 

About Erich Kastner

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Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for "Where the Wild Things Are". He has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
 
Published January 1, 1989 by Libris. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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''EMOTIONAL Inertia Grips Germany'' - that's a newspaper headline made up by the title character in ''Fabian,'' and it's as good a way as any to convey the film's mood.

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Livingstone's foreword delineates the period's political situation, but it is Fabian himself who explains things best when he comments ironically, ``We live in stirring times .

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