Friday, January 2, 2009

Johannes Mario Simmel











Johann Mario Simmel died yesterday. I'm sure no American has ever heard of him. He wrote a few German/Austrian classics, none of them will be remembered as literary jewels. He was a mainstream author, accessible to almost anybody willing to read. I remember him fondly because he was one of the few authors that kept you interested in an 800 page book from front to end. Not many authors have that gift. And I read a lot of his books when I was in my early teens. His themes were fascism and the fight between good and bad. By selling more than 73 million books, he can compared to bestselling machines like Grisham.

But, I don't want to diminish his work. Too many times do we negate the work of an artist just because they are extremely successful: If everybody likes the book, it can't be good? As he said: "The easier it is to read a book, the harder it is to write it."

And about death: "I'm afraid it could go on after we die. (...) When I die, I want it to be over."


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Anonymous said...

Hello Uwe, I would like to buy some of Simmel's books in English but unfortunately I am not able to find any. Please, could you give me any recommendations? Thank you in advance.Lucie

Anonymous said...

Hi Uwe, I am in the same position trying to improve my english. I decided to buy some book from Simmel but I am really suprised that his books have not been translated into english so much. I look at Amazon but offer is very poor. Thanks Stanislav

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