Hans Henny Jahnn is still an almost unknown modernist. Thus his works can still give the shock of the new that has inevitably worn off in the case of the. Hans Henny Jahnn (17 December , Stellingen – 29 November , Hamburg) was a German playwright, novelist, and a playwright, he. The Ship is a unique book. Reading it is like listening to the silence in the public squares painted by Giorgio de Chirico. Like Chirico, Jahnn is a master of the.

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I think nearly everybody on Goodreads who has read this neglected book was turned on to it initially by A Journey Round My Skull blog. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

As with Pavese’s final novel, The Moon and the Bonfire, hahs successful, parentless narrator returns home after leaving at a young age. The lights were on in the great sky dome, flickering in infinite space.

After it is officially known that Ellena’s fiancee is on board, Gustav is walking around on board and makes the acquaintance of the crew. The next few seconds brought with them the cruel end of a long uncertainty. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Hana 11, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: With microphones placed at strategic points throughout the ship, the supercargo spied on everyone, angrily insisting that no member of the crew should attempt to fathom the nature of the cargo.

To ask other readers questions about The Shipplease sign up. There exists only one pain, one passion, on death. It has been translated hennu French though. But he had only begun to be bewildered. Pastor Ephraim Magnuswhich The Cambridge Guide to Theatre describes as a nihilistic, Expressionist play “stuffed with perversities and sado-masochistic motifs”; Coronation of Richard III ; “equally lurid” ; and a version of Medea Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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Complete Poems English and Italian Edition. Even the ship’s owner is hiding in some hidden hold. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Hans Henny Jahnn

Like her, the woman is searching for meaning, but unlike her has been indulged and can’t earn her own living. Other reasons why Jahnn is not popular were given by literary critic Ulrich Greiner in his essay “The seven deadly sins of Hans Henny Jahnn”.

Amongst a mutinous crew, fuelled by ancient superstitions and prejudices, a quartet of protagonists clash and Already I am at a disadvantage: As such, it doesn’t appear to be riddled with the usual spelling and grammatical errors that plague other POD books I’ve acquired. An incident surrounding the cargo occurs, which leads to the dismissal and replacement of almost the entire crew. Open Preview See a Problem? May 02, Randolph rated it really liked it Recommends it for: When Gustav bent down to retrieve the suitcase he had so thoughtlessly kicked under the berth, he found that where a wall should have been there was no wall but only infinite space.

Yet as weird as it is; all this sham-storytelling is –in so many ways–divorced from the true content of the book. Are these coffins, empty boxes, firearms, or packed with “women’s flesh” as the crew believes?

Hans Henny Jahnn (Author of The Ship)

The ship is becoming more and more a mystery to the passengers and the crew. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Peter Owen Publishers; Revised ed. Jun 29, Eugene rated it really liked it. He looks into the abyss of causality and can see the face of benny as a reflection of eternity.


Like Gustav Meyrink, Jahnn has a bleached, moonlit, semi-gothic palette and writes in a painterly fashion: Instead, all this mental detritus does somehow complement the narrative, flatter it It seemed foolish to him, an error of human perception, that anything could remain hidden which could be approached until only a few centimeters lay between.

Man is not superior to the rest of the creatures, the animal is his equal and in many ways even superior.

The secondary characters the crew augment the core nicely but adding on additional layers of folklore and superstition. And it is as if he were enjoying the sun for the first time. I am oblivious to all maritime references, lores, symbols and sayings, bar one: It might just be a memory or a dream. Here and there, his hands grasp the uneven stones, his feet stumble over rocks, he bends low because he is afraid he will hit his head.

Why does the ship only get it’s sailing orders by wire A nameless four masted sailing ship with blood red sails, constructed and fitted without a single piece of iron on board. As mysteries pile upon mysteries the crew undergoes a bewildering array of psychological and emotional responses, some logical, some bizarre.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. His planned trilogy never got that far, unfortunately. I had to check this book out of a nearby college library because it is out of print.