Bahnwärter Thiel (1888)

Bahnwärter Thiel (1888) is one of the best known novellas in German literature, and one of the most important works of German naturalism. Its author, the Nobel Prize winning Gerhart Hauptmann, enjoyed a career that spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is one of the most famous German authors of literary fiction. The railway in Thiel is central to the novella and is often seen as reflective of the railway signalman’s psychological deterioration that leads him to murder his family.

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