Schlump Geschichten und Abenteuer aus dem Leben des

Schlump Geschichten und Abenteuer aus dem Leben des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz genannt 'Schlump' von ihm selbst erzählt Schlump is seventeen a romantic a chancer and a dreamer It's 1915 so naturally he volunteers for war In France he is assigned an administrative position in a small town and has a marvellous time But when he gets to the trenches where death and mindless destruction are the everyday he starts to understand something about war Funny brutal and charming here’s the First World War from the perspective of the inimitable Schlump

10 thoughts on “Schlump Geschichten und Abenteuer aus dem Leben des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz genannt 'Schlump' von ihm selbst erzählt

  1. Paul Paul says:

    Schlump – A Book that will always BurnSchlump when published back in 1928 had to compete with another book which would steal away the limelight that should have been shone on to this book All uiet on the Western Front which was published at the same time went from strength to strength and Schlump was slowly forgotten Well not completely forgotten the Nazis had not forgotten this anti war book and promptly burnt it in 1933When Hans Herbert Grimm wrote Schlump it was published anonymously and this was his first and last ever novel What he did leave us after his death in 1950 is a book that is ultimately a thoroughly unconventional novel on the First World War that mixes the best of fiction writing with part documentary of those times in Germany and at the front What Grimm leaves us is a book that is completely non nationalistic astute and accurate about the leadership and uite Francophile everything the Nazis would dislike about the bookWhat I enjoy about this book is that Grimm is encouraging the reader to underestimate the novel and that is partly down to the way he has written the book Schlump stands out against other war novels both pro and anti that were written at the same time in that at times it comes across of somewhat of a fairy tale with heavy emphasis on the truth about the warFor those that think there would be too much blood and gore all over the book will be disappointed in that the war does explode before our very eyes but the descriptions and the depictions of the war and its horrors does not run over too many pages The war is happening around Schlump and it is mentioned but the characters of the German Army come to a foreIt is easy to see why the Nazi censors would take against this book in that for a start it did not suit their narrative of being stabbed in the back by a Jewish leadership Through Schlump Grimm describes the German soldiers of the war as less than heroic the military strategy as senseless foolish and completely misguided and the Kaiser of a coward who runs away in defeat Grimm uses Schlump to describe the war as very cruel very poor joke in which all suffered no glory in this war for allHis descriptions of the officers not being leaders of men who kept themselves better fed and well away from the front lines and ask did you ever see an officer eat out of a mess tin? A uestion which men of that era were asking on both sides The one occurring theme throughout the novel is ‘Only the fools end up in the trenches or those who’ve been in trouble’ Schlump then goes on to describe life behind the lines and one can clearly see the differenceThis Schlump is a wonderful novel that deserves its day in the sun and ought to be widely read as it also adds to the First World War canon of literature and looks at the war from a different perspective A wonderful erudite book short sweet and delivers its own knockout punch against war

  2. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    Certainly one of the best novels about World War I from the German perspective you'll find out there Written and published anonymously some major cultural coup found the novel rediscovered after decades and Grimm identified as the author and thank fate Schlump is I assume a semi autobiographical tale of a young German sent to France during WWI where he administers little French communes gets sent to the trenches works as a postal censor and generally fucks off the entire war as much as he can falling in love with and screwing every French and German girl he meets Picklely this unprickly licentiousness basically can sum up the whole novel war sucks and let's all fall in love and fuck in hay lofts? Along the way we can run schemes with war materiel and dodge every possible responsibility we can Sort of a fucky whimsical truncation less Johnny Got His Gun in that it is also a superlative anti war novel

  3. Calzean Calzean says:

    In its time it might have been uite sacrilegious showing that not all German soldiers were strong and brave Generals were rarely seen and their tactics poor there was a lot of malingering war was hell and the damage to men indescribable The book does describe life behind the lines the starvation of the German nation and how survival was all about luckThe writing was supposedly black humour but it is full of Dad jokes poor one liners and stuttering prose

  4. Mark Mark says:

    Schlump is a WWI novel kind of a cross between All uiet on the Western Front and The Good Soldier Švejk Horrific battle scenes alternate with some very funny picaresue tales Grimm can go from the poetic like this description of autumnSummer was long past and autumn too It was that time of year when you couldn’t tell if winter had arrived yet At times a humid wind rustled the treetops the bushes dripped with the perpetual fog door handles were wet and thick drops of water fell incessantly from gutters on to the streetTo the horrific as in this scene from the trenchesSchlump pictured himself back in the trenches surrounded by dead soldiers in pools of their own blood Lying on their stomachs they turned their heads to look at him As he fled he came across ever green faces staring into his eyes He had to stumble over horrifically mutilated bodies and everywhere before him the ground crumbled away exposing mass graves where men rotted and decayed in their thousands He waded through these bodies some of which were still moving having been buried alive Worms crawled out of others and up his boots Dying men staggered towards him with terrible injuries and lay down at his feetVery readable very enjoyable and a fantastic story of trench warfare and all the insanity of WWI Highly recommended and a book deserving to be read and known

  5. James Murphy James Murphy says:

    Schlump is than anti war novel It makes the charge startling for the time of its publication that despite the sacrifices made at the front and at home the German effort during the Great War was characterized by a misguided strategy and fought by soldiers who were not only poorly led but were less than heroic themselves Finally it implied the Kaiser was a coward Published at about the same time as Erich Maria Remarue's All uiet on the Western Front another anti war novel Schlump never caught on while Remarue's novel was a phenomenal successMuch of the 2d half of the novel is made up of several long stories by other soldiers Schlump the protagonist meets It's like Grimm tries to capture the brutality and suffering of the war hardships at home as well as in the trenches through a variety of experiences which reflect all experience At times I thought it approached polemic On p240 is perhaps the main theme expressed by Schlump This entire war is nothing but the cruellest vilest slaughter and if mankind can put up with such an atrocity for years or stand by and look on well it deserves nothing but contempt But he who fashioned mankind he ought to be thoroughly ashamed of himself for his creation is an utter disgrace This is counterpointed by the view of his captain a kind of ur Nazi who predicts their suffering will ensure that a leader with a superhuman soul will arise to lead Germany in uniting Europe in distinction and glory prefiguring the political atmosphere between the warsThe cover blurb of my edition suggests that Schlump the young soldier whose story this is is maybe even a new type of man To me he's as old as fiction itself though I'd first seen him as a kind of blundering sad sack I came to think of him as a Sancho Panza without a Don uixote He's an optimist a man who has a native intelligence backed by resolve and resourcefulness and a belief in the basic good of humanity The trouble is I grew tired of Schlump before the end Sure he possesses all the practicality of Sancho Panza but in the end he's innocent in fact the Afterword by Volker Weidermann calls the novel a fairy tale and innocence isn't always interesting

  6. Joel Pinckney Joel Pinckney says:

    Some books captivate you as much for the story of their creation as the content between their covers Hans Herbert Grimm’s Schlump is one of those books Published anonymously in Germany in 1928 Grimm’s anti war novel was overshadowed by another of the anti war genre Erich Maria Remarue’s All uiet on the Western Front published around the same time Schlump never got the attention it deserved That didn’t keep the Nazis from noticing it however and in 1933 copies of the book were burned throughout Germany along with other texts by “un German authors”Grimm’s personal history is complicated and tragic Despite Schlump and other evidence that suggests he was anything but an impassioned Nazi He joined the Nazi party in the ‘30s Volker Weidermann who wrote the afterword to New York Review Books’ republished version of the book believes Grimm did this so that he could “stay in his beloved Altenburg and keep teaching for as long as possible in safety” As copies of the book few knew he had written were burned across Germany Grimm now a member of the Nazi party burning his book hid copies in the walls of his home After the war though Grimm revealed his authorship of the novel and others vehemently defended him and argued that he “cannot be regarded as a Nazi” Grimm was not allowed to teach again because of his membership in the party That blow seems to have hit him hard After a meeting with the SED Socialist Unity Party in 1950 a meeting the contents of which no one knows Grimm seems to have regarded himself as condemned He killed himself two days later in his beloved home in Altenburg The novel itself is uirky filled with whimsical tales of the life Schlump lives during the war years events which make the brief scenes of trench warfare all the jarring Schlump is at one point a kind and companionable administrator of three picturesue French villages; at another he works in a postal censor’s office in Bohain with a Corporal Jolles a period in Schlump’s life filled due to Jolles’s connections with leisure and all the best food—“The arrangement was perfect; the war could go on for as long as it liked” Throughout the text are tales of the women Schlump meets surprisingly tender relationships that feel intimate than the tales of wartime liaisons often toldThe echoes of the war are always there however During Schlump’s time in Bohain as Schlump and Jolles lead their “easy and comfortable existence” the war will not leave them alone “In fine weather they could hear the rumble of cannon from the Front in the west a reminder that every day thousands of young men were losing their lives in the most grisly ways You had to train yourself to banish such thoughts” By this time in the novel Schlump has already had his experience of the trenches The reader is not privy to the psychological damage that has been inflicted upon him however; that’s not what Grimm is up to Instead Grimm’s work moves through the greatly varied experiences of its protagonist almost emotionlessly Schlump becomes a canvas upon which the story of the war can be painted in all its strange and tragic happenings It is to him that a number of German soldiers tell their stories Each of these stories last several pages in length and taken together provide their own fascinating look into what it was to be a German soldier in the First World War Schlump almost never comments on these stories or responds when he hears them; he is merely the recipient the eyes and ears that Grimm uses to tell the story of a foolish and gruesome war It is a book worth reading a story that tells in its own way of the disordering and the sorrow of war in any time and place

  7. Nourhan Jamal Nourhan Jamal says:

    'He was filled with a wonderful sense of bliss delightfully certain that everything would turn out all right in the end’

  8. JacquiWine JacquiWine says:

    In 1928 German schoolmaster Hans Herbert Grimm anonymously published his first and only book the semi autobiographical anti war novel Schlump Despite its obvious literary merits Schlump was somewhat overshadowed at the time by the success of another WW1 novel Erich Maria Remarue’s All uiet on the Western Front somewhat ironically the two books were issued within weeks of each other In the early 1930s Schlump was burned by the Nazis In an effort to keep his authorship of the book a secret Grimm concealed the original manuscript of Schlump in the wall of his house in Germany where it remained until its discovery in 2013 Now thanks to the efforts of Vintage Books NYRB Classics and the translator Jamie Bulloch a whole new generation of readers can experience this rediscovered classic for themselves The novel itself focuses on the wartime experiences of Emil Schulz known to all as ‘Schlump’ a bright and eager young man who volunteers for the German infantry on his seventeenth birthday In August 1915 Schlump sets off for the barracks in readiness for the adventures ahead Perhaps like many other young men at that time he has a rather romanticised vision of life as a soldier a view which is typified by the following passageHe could picture himself in a field grey uniform the girls eyeing him up and offering him cigarettes Then he would go to war He pictured the sun shining the grey uniforms charging one man falling the others surging forward further with their cries and cheers and pair after pair of red trousers vanishing beneath green hedges In the evenings the soldiers would sit around a campfire and chat about life at home One would sing a melancholy song Out in the darkness the double sentries would stand at their posts leaning on the muzzles of their rifles dreaming of home and being reunited with loved ones In the morning they’d break camp and march singing into battle where some would fall and others be wounded Eventually the war would be won and they’d return home victorious Girls would throw flowers from windows and the celebrations would never end pp 6 7As luck would have it Schlump’s first experience of war turns out to be a fairly gentle one Armed with his school leaver’s certificate and a grasp of the local language Schlump is posted to Loffrande in France where he is put in charge of the administration of three villages a task he soon gets to grips with overseeing the work of the villagers and intervening in various matters in need of his attention A good man at heart Schlump gets on well with the locals especially the rather high spirited young girls who see to it that he is not short of female companionshipEverything is relatively peaceful here in the countryside so much so that it would be relatively easy for our protagonist to forget his true status as a soldier were it not for the faint rumble of cannons in the background Sadly though all good things must come to an end and after a season in Loffrande Schlump hears that he is to be sent to the Front Somewhat understandably he feels a mixture of anger and disappointment; in some ways it is almost like leaving home for a second time As a sergeant from the service corps says before Schlump departs for the battlefield ‘Only fools end up in the trenches or those who’ve been in trouble’You can read the rest of my review here

  9. Pascale Pascale says:

    I'm always excited to rediscover a forgotten or overlooked book but I really don't think this one bears out the rather grandiose claims Volker Weidermann makes in his afterword to this edition Schlump is too shadowy a character to sustain interest It occurred to me that Grimm wanted to make him some kind of Everyman but even so What bugs me is that this is billed as a great anti war novel but Schlump's war is luckier than most Of course at times he is cold hungry and scared and he does sustain some wounds but unlike millions of soldiers he comes out of the war physically and morally intact The girl he'd kissed on page 1 has patiently waited for him all these years and one of the last sentences of the book reads Schlump was back to his cheerful self and he sang again a bright and joyful tune Very admirable but I don't think this reflects the soul destroying impact of WWI on infantry men who had spent years in the trenches

  10. The Literary Chick The Literary Chick says:

    A must read Think of a young German Billy PilgrimCandide being tossed through the horrors of the trenches in WW1 like a cork on an ocean of blood guts girls and hypocritical and inept leaders Yet somehow keeps his soul Banned by the Nazis its author who tried to publish anonymously via the same house that gave us Kafka Zweig Schickele and Trakle persecuted until he himself blew his brains out in his home when his wife went shopping

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