Summary. “Originally published in German in and in an expurgated English translation in , this novel is the tale of Jacob Fabian, a Berlin advertising. LibraryThing Review. User Review – lamour – LibraryThing. This a somewhat bleak view of Germany in the late ‘s and early ‘s. It reminded me of the . Results 1 – 16 of 16 Fabian: The Story of a Moralist (European Classics) by Kastner, Erich; Brooks, Cyrus; Livingstone, Rodney and a great selection of related.

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Library Locations and Hours. Fabian is a middle-of-the-road liberal, an Enlightenment rationalist, a believer that the public condition reflects prevailing private moralities, and a skeptic toward all ideological nostrums.

Fabian : the story of a moralist

Richly detailed and vividly faabian, Fabian remains an unparalleled personalization of the collapse of the Weimar Republic. It also includes Kastner’s epilogue, which had been rejected by the original publisher, the preface added by the author to the German reissue, and an informative foreword by the scholar Rodney Livingstone.

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This new edition of the English translation of Kastner’s novel restores the erotic elements prudishly omitted in its publication. Fabian, noralist advertising copywriter who loses his job in early s Berlin, visits tawdry sex establishments; he is propositioned by a woman whose husband has the right of approval over her choice of lovers; and he accompanies his friend Labude to a dance hall where women shimmy about in bathing suits. Fabian’s exploits are always amusing and include a trip to the Anonymous Cabaret, where patrons throw sugar cubes at the performers.

Eventually Fabian falls in love with an apprentice lawyer named Cornelia, but a sense of doom hangs over the character, and he loses her when she is offered a part in a movie. Kastner’s novel concerns Berlin copywriter Jacob Fabian, whose world collapses around him in this personalized portrait of the fall of the Weimar Republic. This edition contains text excised stoyr the original German printing, which was singled out and burned by the Nazis.

The author, luckily, escaped the same fate but was barred from publishing until after the war.

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A strong consideration for foreign literature collections. Thank you for using the catalog. Northwestern University Press, Summary “Originally published in German in and in an expurgated English translation inthis novel is the tale of Jacob Fabian, a Berlin advertising copywriter doomed in the context of economic, ethical, and political collapse by his characteristic mixture of detachment and decency.

Publisher’s Weekly Review This new edition of the English translation of Kastner’s novel restores the erotic elements prudishly omitted in its publication.

Library Journal Review Kastner’s novel concerns Berlin copywriter Jacob Fabian, whose world collapses around him in this personalized portrait of the fall of the Weimar Republic.

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