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Jakob Wassermann

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Jakob Wassermann (1873 – 1934) was a German writer and novelist of Jewish descent.

Born in Fürth, he was the son of a shopkeeper and lost his mother at an early age. He showed literary interest early and published various pieces in small newspapers. Because his father was reluctant to support his literary ambitions, he began a short-lived apprenticeship with a businessman in Vienna after graduation.

He completed his military service in Nuremberg. Afterward, he stayed in southern Germany and in Switzerland. In 1894 he moved to Munich. Here he worked as a secretary and later as a copy editor at the paper Simplicissimus. Around this time he also became acquainted with other writers Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Thomas Mann.
In 1896 he released his first novel, Melusine. Interestingly, his last name (Wassermann) means "water-man" in German; a "Melusine" (or "Melusina") is a figure of European legends and folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers.
From 1898 he was a theater critic in Vienna. In 1901 he married Julie Speyer, whom he divorced in 1915. Three years later he was married again to Marta Karlweis.

After 1906, he lived alternatively in Vienna or at Altaussee in der Steiermark where he died in 1934 after a severe illness.

In 1926, he was elected to the Prussian Academy of Art. He resigned in 1933, narrowly avoiding an expulsion by the Nazis. In the same year, his books were banned in Germany owing to his Jewish ancestry.

Wassermann's work includes poetry, essays, novels, and short stories. His most important works are considered the novel Der Fall Maurizius (1928) and the autobiography, My Life as German and Jew (Mein Weg als Deutscher und Jude) (1921), in which he discussed the tense relationship between his German and Jewish identities.

Jakob Wassermann is the author of books: Das Gold von Caxamalca, Caspar Hauser, My Marriage, The Maurizius Case, Golowin, La Coscienza di Zeno, Etzel Andergast, Mein Weg als Deutscher und Jude, Columbus: Don Quixote of the Seas, Donna Giovanna di Castiglia

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1923 als Teil der Sammlung „Der Geist der Pilger“ erschienen, ist die Geschichte Das Gold von Caxamalca eine fast authentische Episode aus der Zeit der Eroberung des südamerikanischen Kontinents durch die spanischen Konquistadoren. Im Kloster Limas schreibt der Mönch Domingo de Soira Luce die Ereignisse auf, die zur Hinrichtung des Inkas Atahuallpa führten. Wassermann konfrontiert die Welt des edlen Wilden mit den Sitten und Gebräuchen der Eroberer. Im Mittelpunkt steht das Gold, für Atahuallpa ein „nichtiges Ding“ für die Spanier ihr Gott oder der „Traum der Träume“. Die Inkas schaffen enorme Goldschätze zur Rettung Atahuallpas herbei, aber der wird vom Dolmetscher Felipillo denunziert und schließlich wegen Verrats zum Tod auf dem Scheiterhaufen verurteilt.
After a lifetime's captivity in a prison cell Caspar Hauser, then barely seventeen years old, stumbled into a Nuremberg square to begin life among human beings. His strange innocence and the mystery of his origins immediately excited public curiosity.

The true story of Caspar Hauser has inspired artists as various as Rilke, Verlaine, Werner Herzog, and, not least, Jakob Wassermann. A Dostoevskian study of crime and innocence, his Caspar Hauser (1908) is Gothic in atmosphere and wonderfully rich in psychological insight and dramatic tension.
Alexander Herzog, a young writer, goes to Vienna to escape his debts and a failed love affair. There he is pursued by book-loving Ganna: giddy, girlish, clumsy, eccentric, and wild. Dazzled and unnerved by her devotion to him, and attracted to the large dowry offered by her wealthy father, he thinks he can mold Ganna into what he wants. But no one can control her troubling passions. As their marriage starts to self-destruct, Herzog will discover that he can never escape her.

Posthumously published in 1934 and based on Wassermann's own ruinous marriage, My Marriage is a tragic masterpiece that unfolds in shocking detail. This story of rare intensity and drama is now brought to English readers in a powerful translation by Michael Hofmann.
Jacob Wasserman's ackknowledged masterpiece of the pursuit of justice is one of the triumphant novels of ideas in this century. Leonhart Maurizarius, convicted of the muder of his wife, is languishing in prison. His case has been forgotten by everyone except the imprisoned man and his father, who is convinced of his innocence. The story of how the father provokes first the son of the man who prosecuted the case and then the prosecutor himself to reopen and re-examine the mystery is a narrative at once wise in the ways of human behavior and rich in the dramatization of philosophical concerns.
En los convulsos días de la Revolución rusa, la aristócrata María von Krüdener, acompañada de sus cuatro hijos, sirvientas y un abultado equipaje, huye de su hacienda de Tula, cerca de Moscú, para reunirse con su marido en el sur del país. El encuentro de María, seductora e inteligente, con Golowin, un marinero revolucionario, experimentado y culto, en una miserable posada de las costas del mar Negro, a la que ella ha llegado después de un viaje en tren, hacinados docenas de fugitivos en un vagón de ganado, alterará las ideas y valores de la mujer, que ella cree firmes, pero que él demostrará que solo son un parapeto que le ha robado la libertad de actuar y sentir.
Jakob Wassermann (* 10. Marz 1873 in Furth; 1. Januar 1934 in Altaussee) war ein deutsch-judischer Schriftsteller. Er zahlte zu den produktivsten und popularsten Erzahlern seiner Zeit. Etzel Andergast ist ein zweiteiliger Roman von Jakob Wassermann, nach zweijahriger Arbeit vollendet und im Fruhjahr 1931 im Berliner S. Fischer Verlag erschienen. Marie bricht im ersten Teil als Frau Bergmann und im zweiten Teil als Frau Kerkhoven die Ehe.
Historical biography of the life, struggles, experiences and the discoveries of Christopher Columbus. Material extracted from the writings and journals of Christopher Columbus. Originally written in German under the title "Christoph Columbus: Der Don Quichote Des Ozeans" and published in Germany in 1929. Author, S. Fischer Berlag, A.G. Translated from German by Eric Sutton.
La vicenda di Giovanna di Castiglia - su cui indaga in questo racconto lo scrittore di grovigli storici e psicologici Jacob Wassermann - è stata definita un «enigma della storia» da Karl Hillebrand, lo studioso che per primo cercò di illuminarla. Nata nel 1479 da Ferdinando di Castiglia («tra le urla di cento eretici agonizzanti» nota puntualmente Wassermann), madre di Carlo V imperatore, regina sotto reggenza, morì nel 1555 sigillata nel castello di Tordesillas perché pazza. E come «Giovanna la pazza» è passata alla storia: sebbene a prova della sua follia siano solo le lettere faziose del padre; sebbene la causa scatenante, la morte del marito amato, Filippo il Bello, nel 1506, sia stata forse un avvelenamento; sebbene Giovanna fosse disagevole incrocio di immani intrighi, con al centro l'Inquisizione trionfante che lei intendeva osteggiare.