Peter Weiss

Kai Evers (University of California, Irvine)
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Peter Weiss is regarded as one of the few major European authors of his generation. A central figure in the German-Jewish literary tradition, he was among the first and most important writers to address the horrors of the Holocaust. His early autobiographical texts

Abschied von den Eltern



, 1962] and



Vanishing Point

, 1963] are modern German classics. His

opus magnum

, the three-part

Die Ästhetik des Widerstands


The Aesthetics of Resistance

, 1975-81], an epic

roman d'essai

about the antifascist resistance movement from the late thirties to 1947, is acknowledged today as a towering achievement in German literature. With the international success of his plays


(1964) and

Die Ermittlung


The Investigation

, 1965], Weiss became a leading playwright in the…

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Citation: Evers, Kai. "Peter Weiss". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2004 [, accessed 19 July 2024.]

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