This opus is focusing on “Kunstprosa” (the “artistic non-fictional prose”), which entails such varied forms of literary expression like diaries, letters, travel journals or biographies, and establishes them for the first time as an autonomous forth literary genre in addition to the triad of lyric poetry, fiction, and drama. In addition, this book represents an important contribution to the investigation of exile literature on the basis of a plurality of analyses of renowned authors like Thomas Mann, Stefan Zweig, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Paul Celan and demonstrates that – in contrast to fictional exile descriptions - “Kunstprosa” is representing the most immediate and truthful literary coming to terms with deadly threat, escape, xenophobia and loneliness.
Because of its truth ethos, “Kunstprosa” rejects ideological appropriations of any kind. Instead of these its subgenres are functioning voluntarily or involuntarily as dialogues with all the other fellow-sufferers, which either serve their mutual affirmation or can degenerate into altercations. Furthermore, because they represent in all actuality the literary “trenches” of affirming one’s identity, they display even today a volatile relevance.