Peter Schneider

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  • Marike Janzen

Peter Schneider, one of today’s foremost German novelists of international recognition, is a chronicler of his own West German generation that came of age during the 1960s, and later had to come to terms with the radical transformations of German unification. Schneider’s works are directly informed by his involvement in the student movement in the 1960s, and close observations of his adopted home of Berlin. Like many of his generation who sought to confront their parents’ complicity with Nazism, Schneider’s key preoccupation is with individual motivation, and his oeuvre reflects shifting understandings of what impels human action. While his early work examines individual challenges to authoritarian …

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Janzen, Marike. "Peter Schneider". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2007
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