Siegfried Lenz

Siegfried Lenz was a German writer known for his novels, short stories, and essays. He is considered one of the most important and widely read German authors of the post-World War II period.

Books

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  1. 1. The German Lesson

    "The German Lesson" is a vivid exploration of the moral and cultural conflicts of World War II, set in a small German village. The story is narrated by a young boy who is tasked by his school teacher with an assignment to write an essay on "The Joys of Duty." As his father, a local police officer, is assigned the duty of preventing a popular local artist from painting, the boy finds himself torn between his father's rigid adherence to duty and his own growing appreciation for art and individual expression. The narrative grapples with themes of duty, obedience, and the power of art, providing a thoughtful examination of life under the Nazi regime.

    The 1521st Greatest Book of All Time