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Draußen vor der Tür

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,313 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Das einzige Drama des früh verstorbenen Dichters ist ein verzweifelter Protestschrei gegen die zerstörerische und verderbnisträchtige Macht des Krieges. Seine Erzählungen und Prosastücke berichten mit sicher akzentuierter Ausdruckskraft von den verheerenden Kriegsfolgen im einzelnen und im gemeinsamen Menschenleben.
Paperback, 121 pages
Published January 10th 2004 by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag (first published January 1st 1947)
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I'd never heard of Wolfgang Borchert until about a week before Christmas when a European Couple in their twenties came into the store and were asking for books by Ingeborg Bachmann, Max Frisch and a couple of other authors that I like and who are sort of obscure. They then asked for The Man Outside, a book by an author I'd never heard of, but going by the worn torn cover, the German name and that these two young Europeans seemed to have some similar reading tastes as me, I ordered the book in to ...more
Özgür Daş
'Yıkım Edebiyatı' (Trümmerliteratur) dendiğinde benim aklıma ilk Wolfgang Borchert gelir. Borchert de Raymond Radiguet gibi erken kaybedilen değerlerden. 20 yaşında savaşa alınan, savaş/Nazi karşıtlığı nedeniyle kısa ömrünün iki yıla yakın zamanını hapishanelerde geçiren Borchert, yaşadığı 26 yıla sığdırdığı şiirler, öyküler ve savaş karşıtı edebiyatın en önemli yapıtlarından biri olan "Kapıların Dışında" oyunuyla 20. yüzyıl edebiyatının en özel isimlerinden biri olmuştur.

Borchert, bu tek perde
Helmet off helmet off – we have lost!

Wolfgang Borchert was one of millions of Germans who fought in WWII. Not for Hitler, for national socialism, or for Germany; for Germany, he'd written plays against the nazis, which earned him a one-way trip to the front (it's easier to have your enemies take care of dissidents).

When he came back home, the war was over, Hitler was dead and Wolfgang himself wasn't far behind. Four years of bullet wounds (some allegedly self-inflected), field hospitals, sicknes
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
I considered giving this 4 stars due to some unevenness, but the best stories of the day here are legitimate classics with an original style and energy that kept one of my eyes on the page while the other navigated ice, Philadelphia "citizenry," and large buses.

Without going too biographical, Borchert had a longstanding battle with the Gestapo and was dragged into active service by the Wehrmacht and placed on Germany's Eastern front during WWII. Conscription, prison, war, and hepatitis killed h
Keine der Bücher der deutschen Nachkriegsliteratur schildert die Lebensmüdigkeit, Lebensmittelknappheit, Isolation und Emtfremdung von Menschen in jenem Zeitalter besser als diese, und zwar als eine unmittelbare Folge der kollektiven Schuldgefühle über die Ereignisse.
Prachtig toneelstuk, waarin de hoofdfiguur (een soldaat die terugkeert van het front) inziet dat hij geen enkele betekenis meer heeft, nu de oorlogstijd is afgelopen. Hij wil zichzelf het leven ontnemen door in de Elbe te spingen, maar de rivier "spuugt hem uit" en hij is verdoemd zijn plek te vinden in de maatschappij die niet meer de zijne is. Een zoektocht begint naar zijn eigen identiteit, maar hij merkt dat alle deuren voor hem gesloten zijn.
Indrukwekkend treurig en aangrijpend geschreven
حقیقت مثل یک روسپی شناخته شده ی خیابونیه؛ هرکسی اونو میشناسه ولی خیلی ناگواره ک آدم با اون توی خیابون روبه رو بشه. ب همین دلیل آدم باید اونو مخفی نگه داره.اون توی روز خستهکنندهس ، خشنه و زشته. روسپی و حقیقت. بعضی ها اونو تو تمام زندگیشون هم هضم نمی کنن. ...more
Alborz Baghipour
سرگذشت زندگی «ولفگانگ بورشرت» شاید غمانگیزتر از داستانهایش باشد. او 26 سال بیشتر عمر نکرد، در جوانی مدتی به کتابفروشی پرداخت، سپس به بازیگری روی آورد و در سال 1941، درحالی که 20 سال بیشتر نداشت، به جبهه اعزام شد. در خلال جنگ به علت مطالبی که در نامههایش نوشته بود دستگیر و به اعدام محکوم شد. 8 ماهی را در زندان در انتظار مرگ بود که محکومیتش بدل به خدمت در خطمقدم جبهه شد. پس از چندی به علت بیماری از خدمت معاف شد اما چندی از آزادی او نگذشته بود که دوباره به علل سیاسی دستگیر و در بهار 1945 به جبهه اع ...more
incredibly powerful and depressing play on a veteran's psychological despair after his return home. regardless of the war and site (here it's wwII in germany), a book that's relevant in any country and year.
BECKMANN: Ich bringe sie Ihnen zurück.
BECKMANN(beinah naiv): Die Verantwortung. Ich bringe Ihnen die Verantwortung zurück.
OBERST: Aber mein lieber Beckmann, Sie erregen sich unnötig.So war das doch gar nicht gemeint.
BECKMANN(ohne Erregung, aber ungeheuer ernsthaft): Doch. Doch, Herr Oberst. So muß das gemeint sein. Verantwortung ist doch nicht nur ein Wort, eine chemische Formel, nach der helles Menschenfleisch in dunkle Erde verwandelt wird.
Wo bist du, Antworter, wo bist du,
This book moved me tremendously, as it summed up exactly how i think of war and the fact that you give away your conscience when you enter into the army, from there on doing the bidding of your officers and in the end the current political party leading the government, notwithstanding what you think of the actions you have to take.
Unfortunately it is not possible yet to have a world without armies, but borchert shows in this book very well what this can lead to and that the ones that have to pay
Tamara Trout
This is one of the most important books I've ever read. It's tragically beautiful and recounts what life was like for East Germans directly after World War II.
I've read everything he's ever written in his short life. The Father of Trümmerliteratur.
Es wundert mich, dass von allen Kommentaren zu diesem Buch die wenigen deutschsprachigen am negativsten sind. Ein schräges Buch, statisch, zu symbolisch...Es ist keine Unterhaltungslektüre, die einen mit spannnenden Wendungen und launigen Schilderungen am Lesen hält. Schulkinder dürfen zurecht gelangweilt sein.
Das Theatherstück und die in dieser Ausgabe erhaltenen Kurzgeschichten sind schwer zu verkraften. Die Handlung geht in Kreisen, unzusammenhängende Redefetzen, Dialoge, Gedächtnisbilder vo


Lúcia Collischonn
Wolfgang Borchert and, particularly, Draußen vor der Tür, really touched me. DVDT was my first ever book read in german. From cover to cover, I mean. I had to read it for german literature class, and I thought it would be hard and dense. It is dense, but the way Borchert writes, the strength of the characters, the powerful dialogues, it all moved me, and made the whole reading experience easier (in terms of language, of course. The theme is something else). The story is set after the second worl ...more
Immer noch ein sehr rohes, tief emotionales und sehr wahres Buch.
Jahrzehntelang in Deutschland as 'nie wieder Krieg' Literatur gelesen, erscheint es mir angesichts der Kriege des 21. Jahrhunderts noch wichtiger und verzweifelter.
The feeling that you want to call your favorite author right after one's read the book arose in me, i read it twice in one night and it has become my absolutely favorite book.
As I had to read this book for college, I thought I would hate it, because it's a rare thing when teachers make their students read enjoyable books.
My expectations were really low and I wasn't looking forward to reading it, but when I finally started, I found myself enjoying it a lot.
I can't quite say what was it that made me like this book so much, just that I did and that then it was super easy to learn all the things we were being taught in class.
It's such an easy (though "different") and qu
Semua orang berpikir dan berharap bahwa yang pulang dari medan perang adalah pahlawan yang dielu-elukan. Mereka berharap mendapat kebanggaan dan sambutan hangat selamat datang dari orang-orang terkasih. Namun yang didapat Beckmann adalah cacat perang dan pengkhianatan dari orang-orang yang ditinggalkannya semasa perang, terutama kekasihnya.

Hmm, naskah drama yang penuh ironi, seperti kebanyakan tulisan Borchert yang sangat dipengaruhi oleh pengalaman pahitnya selama ikut wajib militer. Ia mening
Chas Bayfield
My favourite book of all time. 'Ein Mann kommt nach Deutschland.' Borchert is a huge talent, a stunning voice of German opposition amidst the horrors of the Third Reich. This is a soldier conscript writing compulsively in stark, simple sentences to anyone who could read that war is evil. I read it first for my A levels, then again for my degree and twenty five years and many books later, it is still number one. If you like this, read Lesebuchgechichten. I think they made a film of the play, call ...more
This was a wonderful discovery, I found it in a pile of books someone was throwing away. The short pieces here cover an assortment of styles, some were quite beat/lyrical like Leroy Jones' early short fiction and others were hung along an almost gothic (the play in particular) anti-war line while other pieces were clearly influenced by Alfred Doblin. Very youthful and deeply passionate writing. Topical and important to this day... this book is a must for any reader concerned with the social and ...more
May 29, 2011 Vasha7 added it
Draussen vor der Tür is a play, a powerful outcry of anger against the war and people who do not take responsibility for it and who would rather ignore anyone who comes home broken by it, like the main character of the play. The book also contains a number of very short stories and prose pieces, including "Das Brot" and "Dann gibt es nur eins!" (which I read so many times when I first encountered it that I almost learned it by heart). There is also a very eloquent afterword by Heinrich Böll.

Life! My God, what is it: Remembering scents, grasping at door-handles. You walk past faces and at night feel the rain in your hair. And that’s doing quite well. Then behind them a locomotive cried out like a giant child utterly homesick. And it made the night into night. Then a freight train rattled harshly past the men. And it snarled like danger through the silken, star-studded night. The men breathed sturdily against it.
This play illustrates the conflict of German soldiers returning from the Second World War and having to reintegrate themselves into a society in which they are not wanted. They are a relic of the past, people want to forget about. Common reoccurring themes are the suicidal tendencies of these former soldiers (survived a war but could not deal with reality), inability to deal with the guilt and contrast between the old and new society in Germany.
Collection of plays and writings by Wolfgang Borchert. One of the best examples of postwar writing, capturing the spirit of upheaval in Germany. His use of thinly veiled metaphor, fact and frank observation present a dim view of a decimated and defeated society in "The Man Outside". Amidst a complete collection of other stories that present themes well-explored by Grimm, in a 20th century modernized context.
Den zweiten Stern gibt es aber auch nur wegen der guten Sprache!!

Ich bin ja viel an Lesestoff gewohnt, auch so manch schräges Buch! Aber dies hier übertrifft so einiges! Spätestens beim knochigen Xylophonspieler konnte ich nur mehr mit einem verzerrten Gesicht weiterlesen! Leider, obwohl so hoch angepriesen, konnte mich Brecht mit dieser Leistung nur abschrecken, ein weiteres seiner Werke zu lesen!
Ein Buch bei dem der erste Gedanke ist: "Was hab ich da gerade gelesen?", man umblättert und dann feststellt, dass es auch noch seltsamer geht. Wäre es nicht Unterrichtsstoff gewesen hätte ich es ziemlich sicher nicht fertig gelesen. Allerdings muss ich zugeben, dass es sich gut als Text zur Übung von Interpretation eignet, da im Prinzip alles in diesem Buch nach belieben ausgelegt werden kann.
Ich war nie im Krieg, habe noch nie alles verloren, stand noch nie vor solchen Trümmern. Aber dieses Buch hat mich dieses Gefühl der Hoffnungslosigkeit und Ohnmacht vor dem Krieg und seine Folgen sehr nahe bringen können.
Wenn man sich die Biographie von Borchert anschaut, kann man verstehen, wie er das zustande bringen konnte. Da schreibt sich jemand den ganzen Schmerz aus der Seele.
Brilliant play! I'm not sure how I got through grad school without having read this drama, but I am glad I finally did. A harrowing (and yet oddly humorous) depiction of post-war Germany and the power imbalances that continued to destroy lives.
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