Winter 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 The International Symposium on the Short Story, Part TwoJanuary 1, 1969 |

West Germany

Discussions concerning the contemporary German literary scene consistently use 1945 as a starting point. The Hitler dictatorship had come to its inevitable defeat. Literature was given back its freedom, and with it the possibility of relating to the literatures of the rest of the world. This is the climate in which the "short story," among other forms, began a new life; so sudden, vigorous, and fresh was its appearance that it became the most characteristic genre of the new beginning. Not only did Wolfgang Borchert and Elisabeth Langgässer, Heinrich Boll, and Wolfdietrich Schnurre begin with short stories; many other writers of varying talent, even amateurs, produced short stories in those days, as if that genre alone were capable of stimulating them. The occupation of Germany contributed to this climate. American, English, French, and Russian authors were the first to be published. Erzähler von drüben (Story-Tellers from Over There) was the title of one of the first antholog

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By William Saroyan

Discussions concerning the contemporary German literary scene consistently use 1945 as a starting point. The Hitler dictatorship had come to its inevitable defeat. Literature was given back its freedom, and […]

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