Hans Fallada „Wizzel Kien“, „Old Heart Goes A-Journeying“

„Wizzel Kien“, 1935,
„Old Heart Goes A-Journeying “, 1936, Rowohlt-Verlag, book jacket Heinz Kiwitz

After the chastening official reactions to his novels “Who Once Eats Out of the Tin Bowl” and “Once We Had a Child,” severe hostility and the experience of being incarcerated by the SA for twelve years, the social critic Fallada initially went into internal emigration. Stories such as “Tales From a Town Chronicler who Fled to the Country” (1935), the fragment “Wizzel Kien – The Fool of Schalkemaren” or the novel “Old Heart Goes A-Journeying” are evidence of this. Fallada considered leaving Germany but could not bring himself to do it.

On 17th June 1934 he wrote to his friend Johannes Kagelmacher: “[…] I cannot move abroad like other heroes and write literature there, I am so deeply rooted here in northern Germany that I cannot think of any other environment where I could work.”


Text: S. K.

The exhibit refers to:

Mecklenburg until 1945

Look here for the original exhibit:

Hans-Fallada-Museum Carwitz

Hans-Fallada-Museum Carwitz

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