Marcel Beyer, Spione [Spies]

Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)
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Marcel Beyer's third novel Spione [Spies, 2000] is preceded by a few lines from Astrid Lindgren's children's book The Tomten [Tomte Tummetott, 1960] in which children are visited by a silent, old troll named Tomten during winter nights while they are asleep. Only small footprints in the snow attest to his existence. The children's wish to actually see and spy upon this magical creature remains unfulfilled since they never wake up when he appears. They can only imagine and dream about him. Beyer's novel also introduces children who want to gain knowledge about a person they have never met, namely their grandmother, who died in the late 1950s. Since neither a picture of her nor any of her belongings exist, the children must resort to their imagination to reconstruct her life. But unlikeā€¦

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Citation: Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Spione". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2010 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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