Siegfried Lenz: Arnes Nachlass [Arne's Heritage] (1847 words)

Marc J. Schweissinger (University of Wales, Cardiff)
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Siegfried Lenz’ novel Arnes Nachlass (1999), in English translation Arne’s Estate, is proof of the author’s ability to deal emphatically with the challenging concept of transcendent being. Lenz’ artistry in creating a complex narrative on different time levels is demonstrated again in this text. Hans, the first-person narrator, moves forward and backwards in time, revealing how Arne joined his family and how he is remembered. Sometimes Hans even addresses Arne directly by using the second person singular, a device Lenz uses to perfection in his story Schweigeminute [A Minute’s Silence] (2008). While Hans packs Arne’s bags, he discovers certain memorable items. These objects remind him of specific m…

Schweissinger, Marc J.. "Arnes Nachlass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 September 2014
[, accessed 20 November 2019.]

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