Franz Werfel: Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh [The Forty Days of Musa Dagh]

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  • Hans Wagener (University of California, Los Angeles)

The novel Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh [The Forty Days of Musa Dagh] was first published at the end of 1933 in two volumes in German (Vienna: Paul Zsolnay) and in the following year in English translation (transl. Geoffrey Dunlop. New York: Viking; republished as The Forty Days. London: Jerrolds). In his novel Werfel deals with the fate of a small group of Armenian farmers and craftsmen who are resisting annihilation by the Turks in 1915 during World War I and also with the personal fate of their leader, Gabriel Bagradian. The son of a wealthy Armenian family, Gabriel has lived in Paris for twenty-three years as an archeologist, art historian, and a philosopher who is financially independent due to his …

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Wagener, Hans. "Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2008
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