The Return
Ernst Lothar

The Return

Details about the book
    afterword by Doron Rabinovici
  • date of publication: 29.01.2018
  • 432 Pages
  • Zsolnay
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-3-552-05887-3
  • Deutschland: 26,00 €
  • Österreich: 26,80 €

  • ePUB-Format
  • E-Book ISBN 978-3-552-05898-9
  • E-Book Deutschland: 19,99 €

Driven by the longing to see his home country again, the Viennese lawyer Felix von Geldern returns from New York to Austria in 1946. Ernst Lothar’s novel, first published in 1949, is a document of great hope and great disillusionment.

Since the Allied landing in Normandy, he has hardly been able to wait; since the end of the war, he’s been looking forward to it and now, at the end of May 1946, the time has come – Felix von Geldern boards the Brazil with his grandmother and sails to Europe in the direction of Vienna: “I’m going home! He had imagined it a thousand times. Now it was actually happening.”

Eight years previously, immediately after the "Anschluss", his established Austrian family had fled the Nazis to settle in New York. At that time Felix found the thought of becoming a German unbearable. And now, what has become of his homeland after its defeat and liberation? He is quickly forced to realise that the jubilation back then on Heldenplatz was not a result of manipulation, and that his former girlfriend first threw her arms around Goebbels and is now sitting on the lap of a US colonel ...

“Lothar spoke openly about things that most people didn’t want to hear – no wonder this novel did not attract admiration in 1949. But nowadays, it has developed a new power.” -Doron Rabinovici

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