The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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Nowak's Alaska-Trip: Exported GDR Anti-Semitism

VICTORIA JOAN MOESSNER

Claus Nowak, a prolific writer of novels, television dramas, essays, and children's books, was published often in East Germany (the GDR) beginning in 1978. Rüdiger Bernhardt, in an article entitled "Reibung an Anpassung und Angepaßtem" ["The Collision Between the Accommodating and the Accommodated" or "Between the Adaptation and the Adapted"], maintains that Nowak should be placed among the group of leading German authors ( 2003). Bernhardt compares him favorably with Heinrich Böll, citing in particular Böll's Billard um halb zehn [Billiards at 9.30], Alfred Andersch, Anna Seghers, Volker Braun, and Heiner Müller. Nowak's preferred protagonists are scientists, probably because he himself is one. In Bernhardt's opinion

Der Naturwissenschaftler, der zum Schriftsteller wurde, interessiert sich für die gesellschaftliche Bewegung, Für den wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt und die Wirkungen beider auf den Menschen. . . . Nowaks Figuren haben ihr Profil dadurch erhalten, daß er sie die Anforderungen von heute erfüllen läßt, sie aber gleichzeitig denen von morgen aussetzt. Indem dabei das Morgen vornehmlich von der Wissenschaft bestimmt wird, schlägt der Schriftsteller eines der wichtigsten Themen der Gegenwart an. (2017)

[A natural scientist turned writer is concerned with societal agitation, scientific progress, and the consequences of both on mankind. Nowak imbues his protagonists with character and personality by having them fulfill contemporary demands while at the same time being subjected to those of the future. Since the future will be determined largely by science, the author broaches one of the most important topics of our times.]

Bernhardt interprets Nowak's published works from an East German socialist perspective and not from the point of view of traditional novelistic theory. I acquired Nowak Alaska-Trip: Abenteuerroman [Novel of Adventure] because I live in Alaska and know GDR authors have used Alaska in their works as a symbol of coldness, remoteness, isolation, desolation, and lack of

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