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The Wisdom of a German Pastor

The Wisdom of a German Pastor

When I first started writing, I became fascinated by German Romanticism, the art and literature.  I discovered the brilliantly strange writer ETA Hofman, but also the warm, down to earth writings of Johan Peter Hebel (1760-1826), a teacher and pastor from Baden. Among his fans were Tolstoy and Kafka. One of my all time favourite … Continue reading

Antidote to Kafka’s Long Distance Romance

Antidote to Kafka’s Long Distance Romance

I did a post a while back on Kafka’s belief that romance cannot survive distance, but he was not the happiest of chaps, and he was writing in the run up to the First world War, a citizen of the crumbling Hapsburg Empire. So,  his take on romance is understandably rather negative. Or maybe he … Continue reading