Other Literary Forms
Peter Weiss wrote essays and experimental novels as well as drama. He gained recognition as a novelist in 1960 with Der Schatten des Körpers des Kutschers (1960; The Shadow of the Coachman’s Body, 1969). Much of his nondramatic prose is semiautobiographical, including the novels Abschied von den Eltern (1961; The Leavetaking, 1966) and Fluchtpunkt (1962; Vanishing Point, 1966). The three-volume Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (1975-1981), completed the year before Weiss’s death, is often considered to be Weiss’s Bildungsroman, because it presents his aesthetic and political philosophies.