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The Case of Sergeant Grischa Paperback – April 1, 2005


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417933283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417933280
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,578,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hugo Claus was born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1929, and his work has been translated into more than nine languages. He is Holland's most esteemed contemporary writer and has been a candidate for the Nobel Prize. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabi Ron on February 6, 2014
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I thought that I am buying a book written by Stefan Zweig. It turned out to be my best mistake by far.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Henderson on July 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel of the First World War is both epic and masterful. It is the story of an ordinary Russian soldier who escapes from prison camp and decides to walk home to his family. In the process of returning he assumes the identity of a dead soldier, but then his real adventures begin.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Deane on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
German writer's Arnold Zweig's reputation was founded on "The Case of Sergeant Grischa" (1927), as Germany was racked by the aftermath of war, by occupation of the Ruhr Valley, the weight of one-sided reparations, the recent ravages of hyperinflation, and the rise of the disenfranchised Brown Shirts of the National Socialist Party's SS. Zweig tells of the failed escape of a Russian prisoner of war, who comes to be mistakenly condemned to death on suspicion of spying. Zweig adaptation of actual events provided him with material for an broader inquiry into what the war had meant, a less absurd rendering of "The Good Soldier Švejk" by Jaroslav Hasek, set in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and also set around the motive device of railroads.
Zweig poses moral, social, and political questions for the German nation, and its role in Central Europe as the country strove to regenerate itself in the doomed Weimar Republic. Zweig continued his self-set task in several other works, able to draw on his own service in the German army, in the Service Corps in Belgium, Serbia, and at Verdun, and finally in the Press Office of the High Command in Eastern Europe. Unlike Hitler, he did not come to see war as the means to regenerate the Fatherland; instead he was transformed into a pacifist, a radical socialist, and a Zionist.

To demonstrate the power of his beliefs he tells the story of Sergeant Grischa, a simple Russian peasant conscripted and captured on the Eastern Front in World War I, who is a victim of military brutality both in the Tsarist army, and in the German POW camps, where even escape to the new revolutionary army will only continue his horrifying tale where he has no alternative but to be ensnared in the cogs of a remorseless machine.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Earl R. Sutton on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The novel called 'The Case of Sergeant Grischa' is the central piece of a Triptych of which the collective title will be 'A Trilogy of the Transition.' It will be preceded chronologically and dramatically by the novel called 'Education Before Verdun' (Bertin); the novel called 'The Crowning of a King' (Winfried) will follow it. 'The Case of Sergeant Grischa,' the plot of which is founded on fact, was conceived in the year 1917, composed and written as a play in 1921, and as a novel in 1926-27."
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