Hofmann, Gert

Hofmann, Gert

▪ German author
born Jan. 29, 1931, Limbach, Saxony, Ger.
died July 1, 1993, near Munich

      German novelist who examined morality and the resonances of Nazism in postwar Germany.

      Hofmann studied at the Universities of Leipzig and Freiburg and taught in Austria, England, and the United States. For years he wrote theatre and radio plays in which he introduced his moral and social concerns; the skill he acquired at writing dialogue was essential to his fiction, for which he is best known. His first novel, Die Denunziation (1979), presents two brothers' memories of their participation in war crimes. Die Fistelstimme (1980; “The Falsetto”) consists of a monologue by a professor who is gradually disintegrating in a perverse society. Honoré de Balzac (Balzac, Honoré de) and Casanova (Casanova, Giovanni Giacomo) are among the historical figures represented in the four stories of Hofmann's Gespräch über Balzacs Pferd (1981; Balzac's Horse and Other Stories).

      Hofmann mingled mordant wit and horror in novels such as his suspenseful Auf dem Turm (1982; The Spectacle at the Tower), in which impoverished villagers commit unspeakable depravities in hopes of amusing a pair of stranded tourists, and Unsere Eroberung (1984; Our Conquest). Der Kinoerzähler (1990; The Film Explainer) tells the fictional tale of Karl Hofmann, a poorly educated man struggling to support his family and maintain his dignity while working as a silent-film explainer in Germany during the 1930s and '40s. Among his other notable works are Der Blindensturz (1985; The Parable of the Blind), Veilchenfeld (1986; “Field of Violets”), Fuhlrotts Vergesslichkeit (1981; “Fuhlrott's Forgetfulness”), Vor der Regenzeit (1988; Before the Rainy Season), and a collection of essays entitled Tolstois Kopf (1991; “Tolstoy's Head”).

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