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alevelgerman.com literature resources have been designed to enable teachers to approach the teaching of a work of German literature knowing that a large amount of the mundane preparation has been done for them, leaving them time to concentrate on more creative issues.

The following is the list of titles that we are releasing between October and December 2013.

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Das Brot der frühen Jahre, Biedermann und die Brandstifter, Der Vorleser, Der Besuch der alten Dame and Die Physiker  are currently available in the drop down list below with Die Verwandlung as stand alone below. 

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Das Brot der frühen Jahre 

 

Heinrich Boll, Das Brot der fruhen Jahre, summary,essay, A level, IB

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Written in 1955, Böll's Novelle Das Brot der frühen Jahre is a very interesting work tracing a day in the life of washing machine engineer Walter Fendrich.   The events happening throughout the book relate to his going to the station to pick up a young lady, Hedwig, coming to the big city for the first time and what transpires when he takes her home.  The events are intermingled with Walter looking back on his former life going back to the war.  Much of this period involved the school boy, then the apprentice which he became making every effort to get his hands on food, particularly bread, hence the title.

The Novelle covers a period where the horrors of war are still apparent and fresh in the memory, at the same time as hinting at the emerging materialism, with the washing machine symbolising a whole raft of other consumer goods which are coming through the system and contributing to German's Wirtschaftswunder of the 1950s and 60s.

Böll's political leanings come through clearly in the novel where Walter is becoming only too aware of the profits that his Mittelstand employer, Wickweber, is making, much of at it as his expense.  

The seamless manner in which the novel's themes interweave makes it   a very rewarding read and one which lends itself to character development.

                                

      

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Der Besuch der alten Dame

Der Besuch der alten Dame, Durrenmatt, essay, summary, A level German, IB

 

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Written in 1955, Durrenmatt's hugely popular Der Besuch der alten Dame has been performed on practically every stage in the German speaking world.  In common with other critically acclaimed plays of the 50s the play takes on big themes in a highly personalised way, asking theatre goers/readers to challenge their own value systems.  

Claire Zachanassian, now one of the richest women in the world is returning to Güllen, the small town in which she grew up.  A welcoming committee is pondering its chances of being able to relieve the Milliardärin of a sizeable amount of her fortune to restore the fortunes of the bankrupt town.

Alfred Ill, the mayor in waiting, and most popular person in the town is designated to escort Claire around her old haunts and hopefully to win her over.  No one is aware of the price she is going to exact on the population for restoring its fortunes.

Described as a Tragische Komödie the play combines also many elements of the grotesque.  The work will come as quite a surprise to young Anglophones, unused to works of this kind.  It lends itself to discussion of many themes, not the least of which is the way in which money corrupts, a very contemporary issue.

Buchhandlung

Der Vorleser-Bernhard Schlink

Der Vorleser, Schlink, essay, summary, A level German, IB

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Written in 1995 by law professor, Bernhard Schlink, Der Vorleser quickly established itself as an important work, dealing with the fading memories of those who had lived through the war and been involved either as active participants, as passive bystanders or people who looked the other way.

The novel starts off as the love story of a 15 year old boy who falls for the much older woman who helps him out when he is ill.  He is initially poorly placed to judge the woman, Hanna, as she reacts unexpectedly to what he considered to be perfectly normal statements or actions.  In hindsight the woman's behaviour is explained as the last phase of the book unfolds.

Parts of the novel, particularly those involving the court and judicial issues can be quite difficult to understand although the strength of the underpinning theme of the relationship between Michael and Hanna helps keep interest high, particularly when he discovers his former lovers two big secrets.

At 200 pages, the novel is quite a long read but it is a thoroughly absorbing one and one which will fascinate and enthral young people in the English speaking world has much as it has those in German speaking countries.

Buchhandlung

 

Biedermann und die Brandstifter  Max Frish

Biedermann und die Brandstifter, Max Frisch, essay,summary,a level German, IB

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Originally written in the early fifties as a radio play, Biedermann und die Brandstifter, once it emerged in its current form quickly established itself as a commonly performed play and as a school text.

With its range of heavy duty themes, ranging from the individual's power to help shape his own destiny, to the need to display humanity to one's fellow man, the play challenges us in a context which is general enough for us to be able to relate it to a range of potentially cataclysmic situations, whether it be nuclear war or climate change.

Like other plays produced in the 50's in Germany, assigning a genre is difficult as ironic humour transcends a play which is only ever going to have one outcome-and not a happy one.   The intervention of the choir at the end of each scene helps lend the play a transcendent quality taking it straight back to the Greek tragedies.

Buchhandlung

Die Physiker, Durrenmatt, summary, essay, A level German

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Die Verwandlung, Kafka,summary, essay, A level German

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The opening sentence of Franz Kafka's Die Verwandlung is one of the most well-known in literature yet the simplicity of it belies the rich and unknowable meaning of the work itself;   the number of interpretations of the novella testifies to its importance and underlying complexity.   It is possible to read the novella superficially almost as if were one watching a cartoon but a closer look at Kafka's family background and the situation of Jew's in a city which was at the time half German and half Czech will pay dividends.   Kafka's work is now seen as some of the most important of the 20th century, defining the nature of a civilisation becoming increasingly alienated both at a family and societal level.

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Das Leben der anderen

Das Leben der anderen, Florian Henckel von Donnersmark, A level German

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This enthralling film captures the many layered atmosphere of a time when whoever you were it was uncertain whether you were subject to Stasi spying.   This was particularly the case for influential people in the public eye.

Wiesler, a committed and skilfull Stasi interrogator is requested to eavesdrop on a writer, Dreyman to establish whether he is committing treason against the state.   The situation is complicated by the fact that his partner, Christa, is the object of desire of a high ranking governement official.

Seeing the less than socialist ideals displayed by his superiors Wiesler begins to question his role with dramatic results.  

This fascinating, tense film takes place just before die Wende and thus gives a fascinating insight into before and after this time.

das wunder von bern, sonke wortmann,summary

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This marvellous film was made 50 years after the central event, Germany's victory in the 1954 world cup finals which took place in Bern, Switzerland.  The social developments of the time play an equally large part in the narrative as Peter Lubanski the father of the family returns to Essen after 11 years of imprisonment in Russia.  

The film opens with a group of friends including the main protagonist Mattes, waiting for the results of their favourite team Rot-Weiss Essen's latest match by pigeon post.  Subsequent results including the world cup matches themselves are delivered by a full range of communicational methods to Mattes whether it be through the radio or reenacted by the friends as they play football in the street.    

The Heimkehrer Peter finds it incredibly difficult to identify with the world he finds on his return and most of the drama in the film derives from his clashes with his own family as he struggles to regain his confidence.   The inevitable reconciliation is thoughtfully and beautifully constructed resulting in the ultimate feelgood factor film.  

At the same time as being an excellent drama, one is also immersed in the period of reconstruction as the Wirtschaftswunder starts to kick off;  one realizes suddenly that Adi Dassler who is showing Herberger, the national team manager his latest design for screw-in studs is the founder of Adidas, part and parcel of German's economic success story.

This is an excellent film to study on several levels.  The alevelgerman.com resources are designed to help build excellent knowledge of the narrative and to provide plenty of grammatical exemplification at the same time as reinforcing familiarity with the characters and plot.

 

Goodbye Lenin, Wolfgang Becker, summary, essays

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A very popular film which is at once humorous and meaningful as brother and sister battle to save the life of their mother who has a life-threatening stroke as the pre-Wende protests are happening and comes out of her coma when the wall has fallen.  The only way they can do this is by pretending that East Berlin is still the entity it was and the means they have to adopt to deceive her become every more extreme.

Viewers of the film learn a considerable amount about life behind the former iron curtain although ultimately the message is one of love between members of a family.

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Three young people are determined to do their bit to demonstrate to rich "capitalists" that they will not always have things their own way.  Their raids on rich people's houses are designed to unsettle.  However things get out of hand when Jule, who has a genuine grievance against a millionaire, trashes his house, going beyond the normal limits the group imposes on itself.

In the unintended dénouement the young people are forced to examine the way they think about themselves and their view of revolution.  

This film is a good vehicle for discussing the way they modern western world works and the role the individual has in making it a better place to live in.