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Vom Don zur Donau
Karl Emil Franzos
Stuttgart - Berlin
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
IX, , 334; , 206;  pp., 185 :131 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, inner seams split. Scarce edition.
Karl Emil Franzos (1848–1904), Austrian novelist and journalist. The son of a physician, Franzos was born in Czortkow, a focal point of hasidic life on the Russo-Galician border, which he later fictionalized as Barnow. While still a student of law at Vienna and Graz he was correspondent for the influential Viennese Neue Freie Presse. For a short time he edited the Budapest Pester Journal and also contributed to the Pester Lloyd. In 1873 Franzos began publishing in the Neue Freie Presse the tales and sketches which established his reputation. Entitled Halb-Asien... and collected in two volumes in 1876, they dealt in a realistic and compassionate manner with the life of East European Jewry. The stories in Die Juden von Barnow (1877), dedicated to his predecessor in this genre, Leopold Kompert, combine a call for greater Jewish enlightenment and adaptation to Western culture with a deep understanding of the customs and superstitions of the Galician countryside. His best novel about the ghetto was Der Pojaz, which appeared posthumously in 1905. As editor of the Viennese Neue Illustrierte Zeitung (1884–86) and, even more, as editor of the biweekly Deutsche Dichtung (from 1886 until his death), Franzos exerted an important influence on German literary life and helped to spread the reputation of both new and established writers. His work as editor of Georg Buechner's collected works (1879) paved the way for Max Reinhardt's production of Buechner's revolutionary drama Dantons Tod and for Alban Berg's musical adaptation of Buechner's Wozzeck as the first German proletarian opera. Franzos is credited with authorship of the saying: "Every country gets the Jews it deserves."
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