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Effi Briest

April 8, 2017 Novel, Realist novel

Effi Briest is a realist novel by Theodor Fontane. Seventeen-year-old Effie Briest, the only daughter of a provincial nobleman, marries a longtime admirer of her mother, Geert von Innstetten. He is a serious man who wants to make a great career, and the life of Effie will be comfortable with him. But when she finds herself in the oppressive atmosphere of a small resort town, in a home that is frightening her, next to her husband, who is constantly focised on business, she began to feel herself lonely and lost… Effi Briest is a novel about how social conventions and the desire to look decent in the eyes of others can ruin not only marriage, but the whole life. What did Geert achieve with the duel? Only a couple of deaths and childhood without a mother. But what these irrelevant things, in his opinion, mean in comparison with his desire to be a successful minister? Of course, at the end of the novel he starts to think about it, but is not it too late? All his life, Effi’s life and the childhood of their daughter are destroyed. I can not blame Effi for what happened, but I can blame her parents. Although society and its rules are to blame too. It doesn’t matter who...

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Little Man, What Now?

January 7, 2017 Novel

Little Man, What Now? Is a novel by , published for the first time in 1932. The novel appeared in the period of the global economic crisis that has been going on since 1929, which began on the collapse of the American stock exchange on 24 October 1929. The crisis brought misery and poverty to the world and has led to a rapid rise in unemployment. Fallada describes the fate of a “little man” and his wife in Germany during the Weimar Republic. The story is very ordinary. The ordinary young family is renting a room, waiting for a child, counting money and trying to make their way in the world – with all the forces, but not by any means. Of course, they do not get everything and they do not have much, and yet they have something big and very important – understanding, mutual assistance and love. How they are called, where and when they lived – it’s not so important, because their history is out of time, about eternal values and enduring problems. Despite the fact that the novel is set during the crisis in the Weimar Republic, in the 20-30s of the last century, it remains relevant for today, and for other countries....

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