The Zwetschkenbaum Protocol

The Zwetschkenbaum Protocol

Albert Drach

"In the dubious shade of a plum tree, a Zwetschkenbaum, sat a man whose name was also Zwetschkenbaum, but who was not him." Thus begins Albert Drach's first novel, written in exile in Southern France in 1938-39. Schmul Leib Zwetschkenbaum, an impoverished East European Jewish Talmud scholar, eats somebody else›s plums and pays for it dearly – with an odyssey through the hospitals, mental asylums and prisons of the declining Austrian-Hungarian monarchy.
When the novel was published in 1964, its immediate success resulted from a fundamental misunderstanding: the critics saw Drach as a virtuoso but harmless representative of a quaint quill-and-inkpot style and his naive hero as a comical character from Olde Austria. They overlooked both the uncanny precision with which the novel describes the logical path from Enlightenment's blind faith in science to a policy of exclusion and the book's religious dimension.
Supplemented with a comprehensive afterword, an overview of the book's history as well as facsimiles and photographs, Das große Protokoll gegen Zwetschkenbaum emphasises Albert Drach's outstanding position in post-war literature.

"Albert Drach, alongside Elias Canetti, is one of the most original German-speaking writers." (Times Literary Supplement)

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