Nelly Sachs: Eli: Ein Mysterienenspiel vom Leiden Israels [Eli, A Mystery Play of the Suffering of Israel]

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  • Jennifer Hoyer (University of Arkansas)

Eli. Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels [Eli: A Mystery Play of the Suffering of Israel] is the first theater piece written by Sachs after her escape from Germany, and is the most widely-known theater piece she composed. Eli has been reprinted in several editions, including the collection of Sachs’ “szenische Dichtungen” (scenic compositions) Zeichen im Sand [Signs in the Sand, 1962], which includes Sachs’ own short essays on some of the plays, and a special edition of the play with her first two volumes of postwar poetry (1996). It is considered significant as one of the first dramas to have what Sachs refers to …

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Hoyer, Jennifer. "Eli: Ein Mysterienenspiel vom Leiden Israels". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]