Bernhard Kellermann

Bernhard Kellermann . German novelist. He was a painter before dedicating himself completely to his work as a freelance writer, and during World War I he was also a war correspondent.


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Biographical synthesis

Born on 4 March as as 1879 in Fürth , Germany . He began in 1899 to study at the Technischen Hochschule in Munich . Later he studied painting and Germanic philosophy.


His early novels denote the influence of Norwegian writer K. Hamsun, and are conceived in a marbled style of Neo-Romantic and Impressionist notes. Among them are Yester und Li (Yester and Li), from 1904 ; Der Tor (The Fool), 1909 , and Ingeborg, 1906 . The latter (written in the first person and strongly influenced by symbolism) tells the story of the encounters and disagreements between members of a peasant marriage, as well as the setbacks of infidelity. Bernhard Kellermann also published other novels, like Der Neunte November, of 1920 , that is on the German Revolution of 1918 , and Das blaue Band, of 1938, inspired by the “Titanic” catastrophe.

The work that earned him international success and the approval of German literary criticism was The Tunnel ( 1913 ), a fiction novel that recounts the vicissitudes of a young engineer who plans to build a tunnel that unites Europe with America , and which ends up being slave to his own technical utopia. Its lively and agile style, as well as its permanent thematic relationship with technique and the advantages and disadvantages of mechanics, made this novel strongly influence the conception of cinematographic works such as Metropolis by Fritz Lang. The publication of his novels, as well as that of various travel books, consecrated Bernhard Kellermann, from 1945 , as one of the relevant figures on the cultural scene of theGerman Democratic Republic .

His 1910 novel Das Meer was brought to celluloid in 1927 by Peter Paul Felner of Sofar-Film-Produktion GmbH, with Heinrich George , Olga Tschechowa and Simone Vaudry .


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