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The conflict that ravaged seventeenth-century Europe, as seen in a classic German novel—freshly translated

 

The Warwolf
A Peasant Chronicle of the Thirty Years War
Hermann Löns
Translated by Robert Kvinnesland

$20.00 Paperback

  • 216 pages
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • Historical Fiction

About this Book

Praise for the new translation of The Warwolf:

"The Thirty Years War has found a worthy illuminator... he tells a gripping plain tale."—George MacDonald Fraser in the
Wall Street Journal

 

The Thirty Years War, fought between 1618 and 1648, was a ruthless struggle for political and religious control of central Europe. Engulfing most of present-day Germany, the war claimed at least ten million lives. The lengthy conflict was particularly hard on the general population, as thousands of undisciplined mercenaries serving Sweden, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and various German principalities, robbed, murdered, and pillaged communities; disease spread out of control and starvation became commonplace. In The Warwolf, Hermann Löns' acclaimed historical novel, the tragedy and horrors of war in general, and these times in particular are revealed.

The Warwolf, based on the author's careful research, traces the life of Harm Wulf, a land-owning peasant farmer of the northern German heath who realizes after witnessing the murder of neighbors and family at the hands of marauding troops that he has a choice between compromising his morals or succumbing to inevitable torture and death. Despite his desire for peace, Wulf decides to band with his fellow farmers and live like "wolves," fiercely protecting their isolated communities from all intruders. Löns' brilliant portrayal of the two sides of any person who has faced a moral crisis—in Harm Wulf's case, whether to kill or be killed—continues to resonate. Originally published in 1910 and still in print in Germany, The Warwolf is now available for the first time in modern English.

Hermann Löns (1866-1914), a novelist and poet noted for his keen observations of the natural world, was killed early in World War 1.

Robert Kvinnesland is a past winner of the German Embassy Foreign Language Poetry Award. His translations have appeared in international historical and cultural journals.

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