Cover of Wolfgang Koeppen, Michael Kimmage (TRN): Journey Through America

Wolfgang Koeppen, Michael Kimmage (TRN) Journey Through America

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Berghahn Books

UK

2012

Hardcover

159

Heavy

290207

978-0-85745-231-3

0-85745-231-2

Authors, German; Travel; United States.

Annotation

Amerikafahrt by Wolfgang Koeppen is a masterpiece of observation, analysis, and writing, based on his 1958 trip to the United States. A major twentieth-century German writer, Koeppen presents a vivid and fascinating portrait of the US in the late 1950s: its major cities, its literary culture, its troubled race relations, its multi-culturalism and its vast loneliness, a motif drawn, in part, from Kafka's Amerika. A modernist travelogue, the text employs symbol, myth, and image, as if Koeppen sought to answer de Tocqueville's questions in the manner of Joyce and Kafka.Journey through America is also a meditation on America, intended for a German audience and mindful of the destiny of postwar Europe under many Americanizing influences.

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