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#1606 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:12 PM

Der Untertan by Heinrich Mann !!

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:17 PM

still here, Tabs...entertaining bioforum since 2007....:lol:
and is it DACH again, dr H...I'm all out of Dach...if Bildungsroman..I was also thinking of Hesse...or Mann....
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#1608 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

Yes it's "Man of Straw," or "The Patrioteer," or "The Loyal Subject" by Mann...actually not the perfect quote from that novel but it shows his character at least (kiss up, kick down), but I only had a few chapters of the novel in English Posted Image
And he is a coward but preaches bravery and is the strongest proponent of the military but seeks to be excused from his obligatory military service (from wikipedia), but the noevl was published before WW I. And the whole story should show and accuse the subservience of the people in the nationalist Wilhelmine Germany with an archetype character.

Your turn tabs....
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:50 PM

DACH is also not really my thing...
Gotta think of a quote now... Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:19 PM

20th century, not DACH, not CANUB ;)

Noting the other’s interest in his speech, Muni felt encouraged to ask, ‘How many children have you?’ with appropriate gestures with his hands. Realizing that a question was being asked, the red man replied, ‘I said a hundred,’ whichencouraged Muni to go into details. “How many of your children are boys and how many girls?’ Where are they? Is your daughter married? Is it difficult to find a son-in-law in your country also?’

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1611 hobglobin

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:58 AM

Muni sounds Indian or African....have to think about this...
first guess: Salman Rushdie with e.g. Midnight's Children or Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Edited by hobglobin, 16 May 2013 - 09:01 AM.

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:44 AM

again: first guess: Salman Rushdie with e.g. Midnight's Children or Haroun and the Sea of Stories
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

nope ;)

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1614 hobglobin

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:47 PM

Coetzee?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1615 casandra

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:48 PM

yup..definitely (or is it hopefully) Indian...so my first two guesses- from Raja Rao or RK Narayan......:D
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:40 PM

@hobglobin: No.
@casandra: You are right and you even named the right author Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1617 casandra

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:20 PM

ok, a lucky guess but which one? Rao's The Cat and Shakespeare? :P
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:28 PM

no and no ;)

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1619 casandra

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:39 AM

ok..then definitely from RK Narayan...I don't think it's from his Malgudi novels..they're bildungsroman and with almost sad sombre tones..I also don't recall any Muni...we need more clues, Tabs...Posted Image

Edited by casandra, 17 May 2013 - 08:40 AM.

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#1620 Tabaluga

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:26 AM

Author is correct, but for sure he did not only write novels... Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 





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