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Martin Walser’s earliest literary efforts resulted in several radio plays, written while he was employed by the South German Radio Network. His real breakthrough as a writer of serious fiction came with the publication of his first book of short stories, Ein Flugzeug über dem Haus und andere Geschichten (1955; an airplane over the house and other stories), and his first novel, Ehen in Philippsburg (1957; The Gadarene Club, 1960; also known as Marriage in Philippsburg). Walser’s place as one of the most important, most controversial, and most talented West German prose writers was clearly established through his trilogy of novels, Halbzeit (1960; half-time), Das Einhorn (1966; The Unicorn, 1971), and Der Sturz (1973; the crash). The protagonist of all three works, Anselm Kristlein, is the prototypical main character for virtually all of Walser’s writing.
Walser’s other notable fiction works include Jenseits der Liebe (1976; Beyond All Love, 1982), Ein fliehendes Pferd (1978; Runaway Horse, 1980), Seelenarbeit (1979; The Inner Man, 1984), Das Schwanenhaus (1980; The Swan Villa, 1982), Brandung (1985; Breakers, 1987), Dorle und Wolf (1987; No Man’s Land, 1989), Die Verteidigung der Kindheit (1991), Ohne Einander (1993), Ein springender Brunnen...
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