Father Of A Murderer (Paperback)

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By Alfred Andersch, Leila Vennewitz (Translated by)
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The Father of a Murderer takes place in a classroom of the Wittelsbach Gymnasium in 1920s Munich over the course of a single Greek lesson. Headmaster Himmler (the father of Heinrich Himmler) enters the classroom, apparently to observe the students’ progress. However, he soon takes over the lesson himself. Himmler mercilessly tests the boys, but his real purpose is to teach a political lesson to the German youths, and through them to settle scores with their fathers.

About the Author

Leila Vennewitz was the distinguished translator of Heinrich Böll and other postwar German writers, including Jurek Becker and Martin Walser. She won numerous awards for her translations. She died in 2007.

Praise For…

A subtle, resonant short novel. One learns more from it about the tensions within German society that allowed the Nazi party to come to power than from a long shell of deep-thinking historical research. Andersch never received the recognition he deserved. Commonly regarded as his masterpiece.
— Chicago Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217620
ISBN-10: 0811217620
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: April 17th, 1994
Pages: 112
Language: English