European Witness - Stephen SpenderHamish Hamilton, 1947, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper edgeworn and heavily faded. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with slight discolouration to the boards. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
2nd Impression. [First Edition: 1946] From the cover: “This is a book about post-war Germany. In the summer and autumn of 1945 Mr. Spender was sent on a mission to find out what survived of German intellectual life. He used this opportunity to explore the ideas and opinions stirring among Germans after the Nazi collapse. In European Witness Mr. Spender shows the same sense of penetrating sympathy that distinguishes his poetry, and he also widely applies his powers of critical judgment. Episodes such as those of the Student Aulach and of Rudi Bach throw a remarkable light on German nature. In telling them Mr. Spender makes full use — and not without quiet humour — of his gifts for characterisation. Among other things, he examines the only novel that Goebbels ever wrote: a revealing study of the impulses that underlay Nazism. Mr. Spender’s impressions of devastated Rhineland cities and his conversations with their leading citizens are recorded with an understanding that gives them more than merely immediate value. But the inheritors of the Nazi collapse are not his only subject. A fascinating variety of British characters is to be met with on his travels; and contrasting contacts with Russians, Americans and Displaced Persons. In a French Interlude Mr. Spender introduces many names well-known in French life and letters, and presents a picture of the clash of beliefs agitating renascent France. European Witness is inspired throughout with a liberal but critical spirit, and a firm conviction of the need ‘to make our society walk in paths of light’.”
Size: 7½" x 5"
Number of Pages: 241
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