Alfred Hellmuth Andersch, Sansibar oder der letzte Grund [Flight to Afar]

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Alfred Andersch’s first and most successful novel,

Sansibar oder der letzte Grund


Zanzibar or the Last Reason

), features a diverse array of characters whose lives intersect at Rerik, a town on Germany’s Baltic coast, in the fall of 1938. Inspired partly by the author’s ongoing fascination with existentialism and the power of individual decisions to define one’s existence, each character confronts a difficult situation, and the narrative is largely driven by the choices they make in attempting to resolve their problems. The fictional characters face plausible circumstances in pre-World War II Nazi Germany: Gregor is an idealistic young communist working for the underground resistance; Judith is a young Jewish woman seeking a means of escaping the country; the curmudgeonly Herr…

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Citation: Horton, Aaron. "Sansibar oder der letzte Grund". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2015 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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