Uwe Johnson: Jahrestage. Aus dem Leben der Gesine Cresspahl [Anniversaries. From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl]

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  • Ingo Roland Stoehr (Kilgore College)

Uwe Johnson's Jahrestage. Aus dem Leben der Gesine Cresspahl [Anniversaries. From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl] – a massive set of four individual books (published in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1983) whose almost two-thousand pages provide a rewarding reading experience – is a celebrated narrative achievement and one of Germany's major postwar novels. The tetralogy weaves together a large number of characters in a sweeping historical panorama, while maintaining focus on the two main characters and on the German history of the first half of the twentieth century (especially Nazism and the postwar division into two Germanies). Some of the characters also play roles in other texts by Johnson, centered o…

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Citation:
Stoehr, Ingo Roland. "Jahrestage. Aus dem Leben der Gesine Cresspahl ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2007
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