During that class trip a murder happens We go through the entire mystery and the teacher continuously asks himself where is God Did He abandon the youths Why do they have to suffer through these horrible times, which inevitably forces them to become horrible people to each other The novel is a fast read and touches upon some interesting aspects guilt, speaking the truth, peer pressure A lot of this is happening now again in this post fact society.
De Sprekende Hoofdpersoon In Deze Roman Is Leraar Aan Een Gymnasium In Duitsland Hij Ziet Zich In De Jaren Dertig Geconfronteerd Met Het Opkomend Nazisme Onder Zijn Leerlingen Geschokt Merkt Hij, Hoe Al Zijn Pogingen Om Zijn Leerlingen Andere Normen En Waarden Bij Te Brengen, Schipbreuk LijdenDuitsland Raakt Langzamerhand Vervuld Van Een Geweldssyndroom, Waarin De Individualiteit Geheel Lijkt Te Worden Opgeofferd In Zijn Klas Heerst Alleen Het Recht Van De Sterkste En Wordt De Visie Op Mens En Wereld Bepaald Door Een Vals Besef Van Duitse Superioriteit Zo Wordt Zelfs Een Ogenschijnlijk Vrij Onschuldige Diefstal Van Een Camera Tijdens Een Semi Militair Oefenkamp Aanleiding Tot Een Brute Moord, Waaraan Meer Mensen Schuldig Zijn Dan Alleen De Fysieke Dader D N Von Horv Th Geboren , Door Een Ongeluk Overleden In Is Uit Zijn Romans En Toneelwerk Bekend Om Zijn Niet Aflatend Gevecht Tegen Elke Vorm Van Dictatuur Jeugd Zonder God Is Eerder, In , In Een Nederlandse Vertaling Van J Winkler Verschenen Bij De Arbeiderspers Onder De Titel Er Is Een Moord Begaan Such an interesting, diffrent way to write a crime novel I really enjoyed Horv ts almost poetical writing The fact that it s set in 1937 makes it even interesting, cause society worked differently It was also very inspiring in ways of truth telling and fighting for justice I feel refreshed The Verdict Fantastic, Excellent, Superb, the Best,.
About the novella Though it is structurally small and contains relatively less pages, the themes presented in it are grand ones, such as, the nature of guilt, the life in the totalitarian Nazi society, the question of God Truth And the greatness stems from the fact that these themes are treated with a few revealing insights and are captured in simple sentences containing a few words But the choice of words is very accurate About the title The title is provocative But then as a reader one finds God as one of the main characters present in the novel God does not speak.
He just appears every now and thenAnd at the end the main protagonist, who at the beginning of the novel is shown as the one struggling for belief, admits to the presence of God But as a believer when one reads and comes to the end passages the revelation that comes has the nature of a redeeming grace.
A Final Note I have not said much about the novella in the way of its plot, characterization, genre, or any other thing related to literary field Because, I do not know how to say it I still can not escape from the admirable feel that Horvath had created in this novel Lately I have realized that I have written many of my reviews in such manner, that is, immediately after reading a novel and before having myself released from the impact the book gave me I should change my policy of writing the review immediately after reading the book.
If only I could do that for this novel.
Two month wandering in Europe Pilgrimage in Bavaria, pilgrimage at Ludwig s castle Long stay at Murnau, behind the lake I wanted to visit Gabriele Munter s and Franz Marc s house But Odon von Horwath, I don t remember very well I have seen many years before Tales from the Vienna wood and it was a good memories Berlin 30th athmosphere Handke said it was the best author of his generation Horwath came very often at Murnau where lived his parents In 1930, he mets here Hitler and disputed with him He fighted againt Nazis in a coffee I find the place, it is now a bank office This book make me think to the Erich Maria Remarque s one That also start in a highschool Violence is present ready to explose The professeur is the last rempart against barbary His disparture give way to Nazis Look at the August Sander s photo All this normal peopleIt is the image of his life Entartere artist, he flet Germany and died stupidly in Paris.
Hanneke will make a good movie of it.
Very fascinating Enjoyed the setting of the totalitarian regime and the characters, though it took me a while to get into.
Falls squarely into the should have cut the first 50 pages basket The first few chapters contain some fine polemic someone should invent a weapon that nullifies other weapons , but the book really gets going once our narrator stops looking outward, and starts looking at himself Despite the fascism, the anomy, the picture of disgusting youth still relevant , the murder, and the turpitude of the narrator, this is ultimately a kind of farcical comedy the narrator confesses to his wrongdoing, and that confession itself leads, after some time, to a kind of justice As befits a man who fled the Nazis to Paris but was killed by a falling tree limb in 1939, the justice is bloody and discomforting, but justice nonetheless The narrator himself enters a life of penitence, which will make very many contemporary readers very uncomfortable, and not in the silly art must make us uncomfortable way instead, in the life makes me rather too uncomfortable way.
The Worst Case ScenarioWhenever a religion demonstrates its inadequacy to account for the contemporary facts of life, be sure that another religion is on the way to fill the vacuum It too will fail but only after increasing the quantum of human misery significantly.
The impulse toward religion seems irresistible Why Comfort Despair A desire for justice or revenge It seems that the evil which permeates the world demands a response Religion is that response Without religion there is no hope Or so it might seem.
Religion rationalises evil as a temporary aberration, something to be endured for a higher achievement heaven, nirvana, the respect of the gods, self satisfaction Ultimately justice will prevail and evil will be overcome, or at least relativised as the error religion claims injustice to be.
Since it is evil that necessitates God, he is automatically recruited to the cause of combatting the designated evil the black man, the immigrant, the political opponent, the religious opponent, the opponent of any sort These are unjust by definition and must be corrected by their elimination as God commands Youth is never without religion, which it inherits from its parents, and therefore youth is never without God Religion is strongest in youth, for whom the correcting of injustice is of obsessive concern since youth feels no other real responsibilities except obtaining justice for itself Youth, fortunately, is constrained in its religious duties by a lack of power and so seeks out and combats evil primarily among its own ranks.
Some remain youthful throughout their lives, maintaining their religion as a guiding force as the scope of their adult power expands They may redefine what constitutes evil, and consequently adapt their religion to the times as they advance in age Unsurprisingly, religion tends to become increasingly conservative with age among those who cherish it This adapted religion, repressive from generation to generation, they in turn pass on to youth, with God as guide and constant ally Those who discover in adulthood that religion is mythical, that God is dead, may worry that evil will be consequently unconstrained At least this is the story they hear from the religionists They don t realise that it is the existence of evil which has prompted the creation of God and that the death of one s God means the life of another God, fighting some other purported evil This might provoke despair but shouldn t be surprising One God s Mede is another God s Persian.
As the translator says somewhat defensively in his introduction to Youth Without GodA man does not need to be a fervent believer to sense the absence of God, or to detect the presence of darker agencyHe thinks we live in a godless age and suffer, or are at least confused, on account of it But it is clear that Horv th knows that the racist, nationalist, militant Nazism which his protagonist experiences is anything but godless The title represents a hope not a concern.
The new National Socialist God justifies justice of an entirely different sort than the old God but there is justice nonetheless So that it is incorrect to claim thatNo divine justice will come not before death, and not after it not for the old, and not for the youngThis is not theworst case scenarioFar worse is the new theological regime which thrives on a divinely ordained justice of a different sort of human repression Perhaps it s time to realise that justice can t be defined elsewhere than in human community This is essentially an extrapolation of Alain Badiou s thesis that the designation of the Good and Human Rights as the opposite of perceived Evil is a very dangerous business I don t know if Horv th s story influenced Badiou, but it certainly demonstrates the importance of Badiou s insight See On the side of the plot Youth Without God is a detective story but actually the novel is about society and those whom society tramples under its feet God is the most terrible thing in the world Yes Charming were the thoughts that pierced my heart My mind had bred them Apparelled so becomingly, they danced along and scarcely touched the ground A ball, a fashionable ball In pairs they went gliding through the moonlight Cowardice with Courage, Lies with Uprightness, Wretchedness with Strength, Malice with Valour Only Reason and Understanding did not join in the dance Reason and Understanding were wretchedly drunk They had lost their virtue But the dance went on, and I listened to the music.
A song of the streets the song of filth.
According to language, race, or nation, we set ourselves apart, and each pile up our filth to overtower the other s.
It is a brilliant depiction of conformism And God is high above and He is a rapacious predator.
Through the streets marched the young girls who had searched for the lost airman, the boys who would have left the negroes to die, and their parents, who believed the lies inscribed upon their banners Even the sceptical joined in the march and kept time with the rest spineless divisions under an idiot s command As they marched, they sang of a bird fluttering upon a hero s grave, of a soldier suffocating in the fumes of poison gas, of brown girls and black girls who lived on filth, of an enemy that only existed in their minds.
Conformity is a great force and it rules the crowds And hypocrisy is a deadly weapon of tyrants.
For if you are ruled by the lawless and the debased you had better adopt their methods or they might flay you alive You must drape your home with flags even if you ve a home no longer When submissiveness is the solitary trait in the human character that those who rule will tolerate, truth flies away and lies creep in the lies that engender sin.
If society is infected everyone in it must fall ill.