Franz Werfel


Born
in Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
September 10, 1890

Died
August 26, 1945

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Czech-born poet, playwright, and novelist, whose central themes were religious faith, heroism, and human brotherhood. Franz Werfel's best-known works include The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933), a classic historical novel that portrays Armenian resistance to the Turks, and The Song of Bernadette (1941). The latter book had its start when Werfel, a Jew escaping the Nazis, found solace in the pilgrimage town of Lourdes, where St. Bernadette had had visions of the Virgin. Werfel made a promise to "sing the song" of the saint if he ever reached the United States. He died in California in 1945.

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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

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4.40 avg rating — 1,128 ratings — published 1933 — 82 editions
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The Song of Bernadette

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4.16 avg rating — 780 ratings — published 1941
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Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift

3.74 avg rating — 766 ratings — published 1941 — 59 editions
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Der Abituriententag

3.79 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1928 — 35 editions
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Star of the Unborn

3.77 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1946 — 12 editions
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Der veruntreute Himmel

4.09 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1939 — 21 editions
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Verdi: Roman der Oper

3.92 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 1924 — 35 editions
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Nicht der Mörder, der Ermor...

3.49 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1920 — 21 editions
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Jacobowsky und der Oberst:

3.70 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1944 — 5 editions
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Der Tod des Kleinbürgers

3.61 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1926 — 10 editions
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More books by Franz Werfel…
“Which road, which road did you take
That brought you here at last?

No road, no road did I take.
I leaped, I leaped from dream to dream.


Franz Werfel

“We belong far less to where we've come from than where we want to go.”
Franz Werfel

“The old sporadic fanaticism of religious hatred had been skillfully perverted into the cold, steady fanaticism of national hate.”
Franz Werfel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

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