From the Berlin Journal (The Seagull Library of German Literature) (Paperback)

From the Berlin Journal (The Seagull Library of German Literature) By Max Frisch, Thomas Strässle (Editor), Margit Unser (Editor), Wieland Hoban (Translated by) Cover Image

From the Berlin Journal (The Seagull Library of German Literature) (Paperback)

By Max Frisch, Thomas Strässle (Editor), Margit Unser (Editor), Wieland Hoban (Translated by)

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The daily journal of a giant of German literature,  touching subjects ranging from everyday life to the political and social conditions in East Germany as viewed from West Berlin.

Max Frisch (1911–91) was a giant of twentieth-century German literature. When Frisch moved into a new apartment in Berlin’s Sarrazinstrasse, he began keeping a journal, which he came to call the Berlin Journal. A few years later, he emphasized in an interview that this was by no means a “scribbling book,” but rather a book “fully composed.” The journal is one of the great treasures of Frisch’s literary estate, but the author imposed a retention period of twenty years from the date of his death because of the “private things” he noted in it. From the Berlin Journal now marks the first publication of excerpts from Frisch’s journal. Here, the unmistakable Frisch is back, full of doubt, with no illusions, and with a playfully sharp eye for the world. 

From the Berlin Journal pulls from the years 1946–49 and 1966–71. Observations about the writer’s everyday life stand alongside narrative and essayistic texts, as well as finely-drawn portraits of colleagues like Günter Grass, Uwe Johnson, Wolf Biermann, and Christa Wolf, among others. Its foremost quality, though, is the extraordinary acuity with which Frisch observed political and social conditions in East Germany while living in West Berlin. 

Max Frisch (1911–91) was a giant of twentieth-century German literature, achieving fame as a novelist, playwright, diarist, and essayist. His works include Andorra and Man in the Holocene.



Wieland Hoban is a British composer who has translated several works from German, including Night Music, a collection of essays by Theodor W. Adorno.
Product Details ISBN: 9781803092140
ISBN-10: 1803092149
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2023
Pages: 222
Series: The Seagull Library of German Literature
"Frisch is remembered for innovative plays and experimental prose on the themes of identity, self-delusion, anti-Semitism, and the clash between cultural heritage and materialism. Frisch moved to Berlin in 1973, and it was there that his increasingly autobiographical writings began to reveal a tormented soul teetering on the brink of self-loathing. . . . The Berlin journal is distinguished by a Kafkaesque combination of real-life events, musings, dreams, distant memories and preliminary sketches."
— Times Literary Supplement