An English-language resource for people interested in Jakob Wassermann.

As a first point of reference, the excellent German website http://www.jakob-wassermann.de/ has a wealth of information. It is well worth a visit, even if your German is as poor as mine.

Details about Wassermann's life and work are hard to obtain in English: I hope this helps, in part, to correct that.

Comments, suggestions, and corrections are more than welcome. Contact.

Monday, 9 April 2012

'... as still as a lake of the plains...'

'Injustice welds one to those who suffer wrong, and the hatred that darkens the world makes an inner obligation of the external appeal...

... I feel that there is such a thing as justice, perhaps as a binding force in the crystalline absolute, but never in human deeds, which themselves become motor impulses. That crystalline element stands high above us; words can but grope for it awkwardly; seek to grasp it, and it becomes error and falsehood; and if you would express it you must grow as still as a lake of the plains that mirrors the heavens.'


- Jakob Wassermann, My Life as German and Jew, (George, Allen & Unwin, 1934), p.216