Hanemann

  • Country in which the text is set
    Poland
  • Featured locations
    Gdańsk - Danzig
  • Impact
    In Hanemann novelist and essayist Stefan Chwin evokes the pre-war “free city” of Danzig. The chapter presented here describes the destruction of Danzig by the Red Army and the escape of the German population. The protagonist, Hanemann, is a German doctor who refuses to leave his native city, but the main theme of the novel is actually the alternative, secret life of objects and buildings, a life that resists ideologies and political developments.
  • Balticness
    Of all present-day Polish cities, Gdańsk is probably the one with the most multi-cultural background. Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass is the most famous of it former citizens, but Hanseatic Danzig was also the home-town of astronomer Johannes Hevelius, inventor of the mercury thermometer Daniel Fahrenheit, and philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In the nineteenth century a large and mostly liberal Jewish community became established in the city; Rabbi Israel Lipschutz became renowned for his commentary on the Mishna, Tiferet Yisrael, and in 1887 the great Mattenbuden Synagogue was completed. After the war Gdańsk, like other parts of northern Poland, became the home of Poles and Ukrainians displaced by the Soviet government.
  • Bibliographic information

    słowo/obraz/terytoria, Gdańsk 1997

  • Translations
    Language Year Translator
    English 2004 Philip Boehm Houghton 
    German 1997 Renate Schmidgall
    Russian 1997 Ksenia Staroselskaya
    Swedish 2001 Lisa Mendoza Åsberg
  • Year of first publication
    Marabut, Gdańsk 1995
  • Place of first publication
    Gdańsk

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