Marcel Beyer: Kaltenburg

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  • Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)

Akin to Flughunde [The Karnau Tapes, 1995] and Spione [Spies, 2000], Marcel Beyer’s third novel Kaltenburg [Kaltenburg, 2008] illustrates his continuing interest in and fascination with Germany’s Nazi past as an era of inexplicable human brutality and suffering. Once again he takes his readers on an imaginative journey back to a period in Germany history of which he has no personal experience, because it occurred before he was born in 1965. In order to access the past, Beyer has to rely upon the memories of others, both historical and fictional accounts, written and visual sources. What distinguishes his writing in general, and is most pronounced in his poetry volumes Falsches Futter [The Wrong Food, 1997]…

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Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Kaltenburg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2013
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]