The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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Recent Romanian-German Poetry: Bossert, Hodjak, Modoi, Britz

FRITZ H. KÖNIG

For an idea of what's happening on the German literary scene in Romania, Neue Literatur, a publication of the Romanian Writers' Union, is one of the essential sources. 1 Of course one has to take this literary monthly with a grain of salt; it obviously was and perhaps still is, to some degree, subject to censorship. On the other hand, socialist authors have recently witnessed a challenge to this state of affairs, and not just in Romania. They were interested in seeing just how much they could get away with: irony was their chief poetic vehicle, and the art of hinting, of using eloquent pauses or articulate omissions, was highly developed. Let's open rather at random the February issue of Neue Literatur from the year 1985. Among other things there is an article in German translation by one Mihai Draganescu entitled -- and the title is amazing -- "Practical Applications of Thought" ("Einsatz des Denkens"). Let me quote a few lines of this article:

In the basic spheres of social life in contemporary Romania, two fundamental sources of progress are brought to bear . . . technology and thought . . . Such thought is being formulated by President Nicolae Ceauşescu based on the fundamental laws of scientific socialism. 2

I do not need to quote further. It is obvious that the great father- figure/dictator is shown here to be the country's first persona culta, or leading philosopher, as well. By coincidence or by design (I would opt for the latter), there is translation of a poem by Christian Maurer provided in the same issue:

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