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German Autumn
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In late 1946, Stig Dagerman was assigned by the Swedish newspaper Expressen to report on life in Germany immediately after the fall of the Third Reich. First published in Sweden in 1947, German Autumn, a collection of the articles written for that assignment, was unlike any other reporting at the time. While most Allied and foreign journalists spun their writing on the widely held belief that the German people deserved their fate, Dagerman disagreed and reported on the humanness of the men and women ruined by the war—their guilt and suffering. Dagerman was already a prominent writer in Sweden, but the publication and broad reception of German Autumn throughout Europe established him as a compassionate journalist and led to the long-standing international influence of the book.

Presented here in its first American edition with a compelling new foreword by Mark Kurlansky, Dagerman’s essays on the tragic aftermath of war, suffering, and guilt are as hauntingly relevant today amid current global conflict as they were sixty years ago.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. German Autumn
  2. pp. 5-18
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  1. Ruins
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. Bombed Cemetery
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. Poor Man's Cake
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. The Art of Sinking
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. The Unwelcome
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. The Rivals
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. Lost Generation
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. The Course of Justice
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. Cold Day in Munich
  2. pp. 83-92
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  1. Through the Forest of the Hanged Boys
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Return to Hamburg
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Literature and Suffering
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 137-137
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