Judith Hermann

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  • Paul Gebhardt (Kenyon College )

Though the heated critical discussion of Judith Hermann’s debut volume Sommerhaus, später [Summerhouse, Later, 1998] has ceased, criticism of her work in general has not. Interviewers have raised the question of whether her tremendous success was merely due to an exaggerated media hype. Other critics have regurgitated the old—and, especially in Germany, very popular—truism regarding literary authors: only a full-length novel makes a true writer. Nonetheless, when Hermann published her second book in 2003, it was, again, a volume of short stories. The segment of the world that her stories present has been called limited, the characters spoiled and irresponsible. WW

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Gebhardt, Paul. "Judith Hermann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2011
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