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A Little Garrison: A Realistic Novel Of German Army Life Of To Day Fritz Von Der Kyrburg

A Little Garrison: A Realistic Novel Of German Army Life Of To Day

Fritz Von Der Kyrburg

Published March 12th 2010
ISBN : 9781409991434
Paperback
170 pages
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 About the Book 

Fritz Oswald Bilse (1878-1951) was a German novelist, playwright and a lieutenant in the Prussian army. He rose to instant notoriety with his novel Aus einer Kleinen Garnison: Ein Militarisches Zeitbild (A Little Garrison: A Realistic Novel of GermanMoreFritz Oswald Bilse (1878-1951) was a German novelist, playwright and a lieutenant in the Prussian army. He rose to instant notoriety with his novel Aus einer Kleinen Garnison: Ein Militarisches Zeitbild (A Little Garrison: A Realistic Novel of German Army Life of To-day) (1903). In later editions, he used the pseudonym Fritz von der Kyrburg, after his home towns most prominent landmark, the Kyrburg castle. The book, in which Bilse satirises the manners of the Forbach garrison and of the Prussian army in general, became a succes de scandale. Bilses criticism, however, was so sharp, and the location and protagonists so little disguised, that several officers who felt their honour to be under attack prosecuted Bilse in a court-martial. He was found guilty of defamation of character, was discharged from the army dishonourably, and sentenced to six months imprisonment. The scandal only served to enhance Bilses celebrity. He was henceforth described as the German armys enfant terrible- and the novel became popular abroad, especially in France. His other works include: Wahrheit (1904), Fallobst (1905), Stille Wege (1907), Die Technik des Romans (1909) and Verklarung (1909).