This study of Wolfgang Koeppen's two pre-war and three post-war vels demonstrates a continuity both in Koeppen's thematic concerns and in the underlying development of his characters throughout the five vels. Often the vels have been treated as works of pessi- mistic social and political criticism: by contrast, this detailed analysis of the unique creative inner lives and the corresponding spiritual development of the characters - with the exception of Johannes von Suede in Die Mauer schwankt - demonstrates the narrator's positive assessment of the characters and the increa- singly optimistic tendency of the vels.
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
American University Studies Series 1: Germanic Languages and Literature