Free Read [Crime Book] ô Man of Straw - by Heinrich Mann ¿

By Heinrich Mann | Comments: ( 788 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

First published in 1918, Man of Straw is a sharp indictment of the Wilhelmine regime and a chilling warning against the joint elevation of militarism and commercial values The Man of Straw is Diederich Hessling, embodiment of the corrupt society in which he moves his brutish progression through life forms the central theme of the book.


  • Title: Man of Straw
  • Author: Heinrich Mann
  • ISBN: 9780140181371
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Heinrich Mann

A German novelist who wrote works with social themes whose attacks on the authoritarian and increasingly militaristic nature of post Weimar German society led to his exile in 1933.Born in L beck as the oldest child of Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann and J lia da Silva Bruhns He was the elder brother of Thomas Mann His father came from a patrician grain merchant family and was a Senator of the Hanseatic city After the death of his father, his mother moved the family to Munich, where Heinrich began his career as a freier Schriftsteller or free novelist.



Comments Man of Straw

  • Claudia

    3,5 Sterne. Pfui Deibel, so ein Kotzbrocken. Sorry für die ungehobelte Ausdrucksweise."Wer treten wollte, musste sich treten lassen, das war das eherne Gesetz der Macht."Diederich, ein eher feiger Zeitgenosse der wilhelminischen Ära, verschreibt sich mit Haut und Haaren dem Kaiser. Zum Dienst in der Armee taugt er zwar nicht; sich im Dreck herumzuwälzen ist nicht seine Sache. Aber in der schnieken Uniform und beim Herumkommandieren läuft er zur Höchstform auf. Nach seinem abgebrochenen Mili [...]


  • Hadrian

    Der Untertan, variously translated as "Man of Straw" or "The Loyal Subject", was completed in 1914, but it was not published in Germany until 1919. The story is set in Imperial Germany under the Kaiser Wilhelm II. Our protagonist is Diederich Hessling, the son of a paper-maker. He is a timorous child, who rats students out to the teachers and makes sure to bully the one Jewish child in the class. He studies chemistry in university, but is a mediocre student and throws himself into the pomp and r [...]


  • Kim

    Man of Straw is the best known novel of German author Heinrich Mann originally published in German under the title "Der Untertan" whatever that means. I'll have to go look it up, but it probably has nothing to do with the words "Man of Straw" because that seems to happen fairly often. It has been translated into English under the titles "Man of Straw", "The Patrioteer", and "The Loyal Subject", and obviously I got the "Man of Straw" copy. Heinrich Mann was a German novelist who wrote works with [...]


  • FotisK

    "O νομοταγής πολίτης" στα Ελληνικά, εκδόσεις Οδυσσέας


  • tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE

    review of Heinrich Mann's Little Superman by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 9, 2012 I learned about this author in the course of research for my movie Robopaths. I learned that his bks were burned by the nazis so I decided to read something by him & to check out any movies that might've been based on any bks by him. This lead me to taking Little Superman out from the library as well as the movie The Kaiser's Lackey as well as to my buying a used copy of the novel Man of Straw. &, L [...]


  • Armin Hennig

    53/100 Eigentlich gut zweieinhalb, alles weitere später


  • Sarah

    Diederich is Trump, basically, except for the Kaiser-worship. Interesting indeed. Diederich needs the stupid sycophancy to make the rest of his odious character work, whereas Trump doesn't. Otherwise, it's all narcissism, misogyny, greed and moral vacuity.


  • Noah

    Wirklich witzig! Was Joseph Roth's Radetzkymarsch für den Österreicher ist, ist der Untertan für den deutschen nur mit deutlich beissenderem Sarkasmus.


  • David

    So, one of my guilty secrets is that I like the work of Heinrich Mann far better than that of his more successful, Nobel-winning brother. (OK: I'll make an exception for "Death in Venice", but doesn't it seem that everything else that Thomas Mann ever wrote - Buddenbrooks, Der Zauberberg, the dreadful "Felix Krull" - would have benefited tremendously by having its length cut in half?)


  • Elnaz

    تصویر روشنی از جامعه آلمان پیش از به قدرت رسیدن هیتلر، در حقیقت با خوندن این کتاب معلوم میشه در طول چندین سا آلمان خود رو برای پذیرفتن شخصی با خصوصیات اخلاقی هیتلر اماده میکنهکتابی نیست که تنها یا یکبار خوندن بشه همه مطلب رو درک کرد


  • Sam

    Die Lebensgeschichte des Heuchlers und Opportunisten Diederich Heßling, des deutschesten Deutschen, gehört zu den wohl bekanntesten Exporten der deutschen Literatur. Heinrich Manns Satire auf den wilhelministischen Staat leitet genauestens her, wie aus verkannten Pflichten gegenüber dem Vaterland, einer zu einem Gott erhobenen Staatsgewalt und falschen Tugenden ein System entstehen konnte, das misstrauisch gegen das Liberale in jeglicher Form und selbst für die eigenen Anhänger zu eng ist, [...]


  • Bernd

    Der Klassiker über deb Opportunisten Diederich Heßling. Tucholski sagt über ihn: "Herbarium des deutschen Mannes". Aus dieser autoritätgläubigen servil ausgerichteten Charakterstruktur konnte im Kaiserreich eine erfolgreiche Karriere erwachsen. Ob dies nun typisch deutsch ist oder eine der typischen Charaktere, die sich auch in anderen Kulturen findet, sei dahingestellt. Lesenswert, da bewusstseinschärfend.


  • Mike

    Man of Straw -- also translated as The Loyal Subject -- is a razor-sharp take-down of the upper middle class buffoons who fervently supported Kaiser Wilhelm --the same type of power-worshipping nativists who later embraced the Third Reich. The subject in question is Diederich Hessling, who spends his college years swilling beer with his frat brothers in their exclusive secret society, the "Neo-Teutons" (ha!), and avoiding any type of intellectual pursuits, while challenging anyone and everyone t [...]


  • Anna-Lena

    I started this book to prepare for my A-levels (I'm german), because from reviews I gathered it would go very well with the revision I had to do for history (german nationalism in the 19./20. century, imperialism, WWI).I did not finish it in time but that was not a problem, because the subject of nationalism and power structures in the Wilhelmine era is present from the very first page to the last and characterizes Diederich (glad we do not name our children like that anymore) throughout his lif [...]


  • Liebes Buch

    Heinrich Manns "Der Untertan" erschien als Fortsetzungsroman in einer Zeitung und wurde erst nach dem Krieg als Buch veröffentlicht.Es beschreibt auf satirische Weise einen typischen deutschen Mann der Oberschicht. Im Zentrum stehen dabei Diederichs Menschenverachtung und seine Kaiserverehrung. Da das Buch zwar sehr gut ist, der Titelheld jedoch alles andere als angenehm, war ich froh, dass es das Hörbuch gibt. Mir persönlich ist das bei schweren Texten eine Erleichterung. Und tatsächlich sc [...]


  • Lucy Barnhouse

    Wickedly funny, unflinchingly dark satire. Mann's gift for the telling detail is unerring, and his eye for the tragically absurd is sharp. Among other things, Der Untertan is a delicious parody of the "Bildungsroman," as we follow the protagonist from childhood to maturity and see him become increasingly determined, and increasingly powerful, without becoming less narrow-minded, cowardly, or unconsciously hypocritical. The near-explosive unease of a rigidly structured and rapidly changing societ [...]


  • Broadsnark

    I would have given this book three and a half stars if I could of. It was a bit slow at times. It was written in 1918. It is the profile of a bougie german who managed to justify doing all sorts of horrible things. And it is a profile of Germany before the wars. Its amazing how little has changed. Still plagued with materialism, militarism, classism, religion, sexism, and reverence for authority. Its like only the fashions have changed in a century.


  • Dave

    I read this as part of a course on German history through literature, and it was interesting to see how Germans lived in the late 19th century, as well as alot of the causes of World War I, which isn't taught as well as it ought to be in schools. My one complaint is that it is a long read, and you continually have to think things over since it is not from our era or culture.


  • Lewis Weinstein

    published in English as "Man of Straw."


  • Franziska

    Ein bewusstseinsschärfendes Zeitzeugnis und ein Mahnmal deutscher Geschichte.


  • Sonja Busch

    Ein weiteres Buch aus dem Schulunterricht, das nach wie vor als Standard-Lektüre im Unterricht gilt. Ich denke es ist nicht gerade eines der spannendensten Bücher, aber es gibt schlimmeres und irgendwie hat es nachher doch mein Interesse geweckt, vorallem im Bezug zum Über-Ich und Es als Thema.


  • Daniela

    Beschrieben wird das Leben Diedrich Heßlings, eines kaisertreuen Untertanen um die Jahrhundertwende. Bereits im ersten Kapitel werden alle seine Charakterzüge dargestellt und daran ändert sich auf den nächsten 450 Seiten nichts mehr. Daher wurde die Geschichte schnell langweilig. Zwei Sterne dafür, dass man hier die Charaktereigenschaften der bürgerlichen Mehrheit kennenlernt, die den ersten Weltkrieg, das Scheitern der Weimarer Republik und den Erfolg des Nationalsozialismus ermöglichten [...]


  • Javier

    Sizzling at times, Mann's literary powers get diluted either by way of a runny translation job (maybe?) or by falling into unnecessary plot tributaries that can only serve as social snapshots of the era. But still it sizzles with ominous force. The correct prediction of the rise of nationalistic populism in the Weimar Republic is eerie, and unfortunately prescient in these early years of the XXIth century. The slippery slope that leads to casual procedural shenanigans such as the Wannsee confere [...]


  • Mshelton50

    A searing indictment of Wilhelmine Germany. The German title, Der Untertan, translates literally as "The Subject," and it certainly describes the anti-hero of the piece, Diederich Hessling, who professes total, unthinking loyalty to his sovereign, Kaiser Wilhelm II. Hessling worships Power above all things, and if that power can be made to work toward his material advantage, so much the better. He relishes German military might, bemoans democracy, and wants women to concern themselves only with [...]


  • Rachel Ninnette

    Stylistically, it is as dry as could be. The novel moves very slowly and there are virtually no likable characters nor are there interesting plot devices. At times it is quite moralistic, though when considering the subject-matter (the Imperial German society that paved the way for Hitler's bureaucratically realized atrocities), I wonder if such an approach is not uncalled for. With regard to content, it is a fascinating look at Wilhelmine society as reflected by the impossibly vain, egotistic a [...]


  • Sydne

    The main of this novel is character a despicable man who believes he is always right and follows his blind love for the Kaiser wherever it takes him; breaking old friendships and connections along the way because he is feeling superior to them in all aspects. He's a follower that believes he is a leader and the first Untertan to his Kaiser. Satirical, exaggerated, and very blatantly non-PC in parts, this is a very enjoyable read- despite or maybe because of a character it is impossible to like.


  • Erjon 7

    Well the first 2 chapters were a perl,Psychological and more like a bildungsroman (reminded me of Thomas Mann style)! but after them the novel take another turn,let's say a political turn.Too much politics!!! if Thomas Mann was a philosophical,existencial and psychological kind of writer Heinrich Mann is more concerned with politics and social problems!Heinrich is a good writer of the Realistic type.


  • Dirk Buken

    Neben Professor Unrat dürfte dies das einzige Buch sein, dass von Heinrich Manns legacy als Autor übrig bleiben dürfte. Seine Satire auf das wilhelminische Kaiserreich und seinen militarischen Geist ist so gelungen, dass man sich fragt, ob es nur die Klarsichtigkeit des Hassenden war, die ihm Ansporn gab oder aber doch eine verborgene Sympathie für das nunmehr verflossene Zweite Reich, wie Joachim Fest immer argwöhnte.


  • Kathrin

    Der Untertan als Prototyp des deutschen Mannes und die Erklärung für den ersten und den zweiten Weltkrieg? Jein, würde ich sagen.Letztlich gibt es in jeder Kultur Mengen die Intrigen stricken und ihr Umfeld manipulieren. viele fühlen sich durch Weltanschauung oder Arroganz oder am Besten beiden dazu gerechtfertigt. Mir hat dieses Buch zum größten Teil gefallen, allerdings waren ein paar Teile einfach zu langatmig für meinen Geschmack.


  • Martina

    Ich war zu erst etwas zurückhaltend den 'Untertan' zu lesen.Doch einmal in den Ferien habe ich das Buch in nur wenigen Tagen gelesen.Heinrich Mann ist leider viel zu unbekannt im Vergleich zu seinem Bruder.Mir gefällt aber die Ironie von Heinrich Mann viel mehr als die Buddenbrocks von Thomas Mann.


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