Baader-Meinhof and the Novel

Narratives of the Nation / Fantasies of the Revolution, 1970-2010


Series: Studies in European Culture and History

The Baader-Meinhof Group and other violent underground organizations, which had their roots in the protest movements of the late 1960s, have provided material for a great number of novels by leading German and international writers, ranging from avant-garde fiction to detective thrillers. They explore the emotional character of postwar Germany, its uneasy relationship with its own past, the Allied victors in World War Two, finance capitalism, and the authority of the state. This book is the first to examine this rich literary corpus, treating it as a political unconscious which expresses submerged anxieties and moral blind-spots in Europe's most powerful country.

About The Author

JULISN PREECE Professor of German Studies at Swansea University, UK,and director of its Research Centre into Contemporary German Culture. He is the author (with Waldemar Lotnik) of Nine Lives: Ethnic Conflict in the Polish-Ukrainian Borderlands, The Life and Work of Günter Grass: Literature, History, Politics, and Out of the Shadows of a Husband: The Rediscovered Writings of Veza Canetti.