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436                  MODERN   GERMAN   LITERATURE

Sibylle mddie Feldbhmen (1937). Das nem 1^(1934) is one of the
best of the back-to-the-1 and tales; in Die nmndersame Strasse (1936)
a hero with the musician's restless fancies in his brain goes back
to the land but deserts it to follow his dream of a maid, only to
find solid safety in the arms of a farmer's widow.

Swabian Blubo is represented by PETER DQRFLER (1878- ), a Cath-
olic priest. He has written a trilogy: Die I-awpe der forichtm Jmgfrau
(1930), Apollonias Sommer (1931), and U>// das kommende Gescbhcht
(1932); Apollonia is a multi-mother of her relatives to the third
generation in the Allgau. The life of peasants in the Allgau who
eke out their living by hand-weaving is the theme of Die Notmnder
(1934); once again the introduction of machinery threatens ruin,
but here a young farmer shows how salvation lies in timely adap-
tation.

GEORG BRIITING (1891- ), a Regensburg man by birth but resi-
dent in Municl^ is the poet of the Lower Bavarian countryside.
He began with expressionist plays (Der Mann im Mond, 1920; Das
Storchennest, 1921; Paula tmdWianca> 1922) and then went over to
Novellen - Valentin und Veronika and Der Eislaufer, both 1948,
reprint tales collected from previous volumes. There is a sensitive
impressionism in these short stories, which are regional in the
sense that the characters are Bavarian types of his entourage - vil-
lagers and small townsmen. In his loving depiction of children
and adolescents he no doubt calls up reminiscences of his youth
*am Stronf) by the Danube, His experience of war service - he
went straight from school into the army and had three years in
the trenches - comes into the weft and woof of his one novel,
ILebenslauf eines dicken Mannes, der Hamlet hiess (1932). Hamlet wages
wat in Norway on behalf of his stepfather, and the chronicle
adumbrates the poet's own reactions as a soldier to the humbug
which launches armies to torture and death; the mad brutality of
modern warfare is ironically mktored in the narrowed framework
of a duodecimo campaign in the dim days of old. The outlines of
the tale are as told by Shakespeare, but the feeling of utter help-
lessness of the paunchy Danish prince in the grip of fate is that
of Britting himself in the trenches of Flanders. The style and lan-
guage of the novel, expressionistically strange but sensuous and
highly coloured, wends along wearily with the faint pulse and
rhythm of dream. His books of verse are Gedichte (1930), Der
irdhche Tag (193 5), Rjfo, Rose und Hahn (1939), Das Lob des Weines