Resemblances to Dostoevsky's The Idiot may also be noted in this tale of the rejection and contamination of innate purity by corrupt society.
After Caspar Hauser Wassermann's novels and short stories become increasingly preoccupied with bizarre and perverse anecdotes and intrigue, often initially drawn from biography or the newspapers. Christian Wahnschaffe exploits the theme of the rich man's son who rejects the world to turn toward Buddhism.
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Der Fall Maurizius ; The Mauritius Case is a type of detective novel made colorful by excursions into hypnosis but also weighed down by a tedious mass of psychological dissection. Wassermann is a somewhat uneven and labored writer, and he cannot in any sense be considered a stylist. His novels are often marred by diffuseness and miasmic obscurity.
At the same time his extensive output is of considerable historical interest and illuminates rather well the consequences of marriage between the new depth psychology and the popular novel of sensation and crime. He died on Jan. The standard study in English is John C. Blankenagel, The Writings of Jakob Wassermann If you previously purchased this article, Log in to Readcube.
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