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Poetry The swallow book

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ERNST TOLLER (1893-1939)

was one of Germany's best known playwrights

in the first half of the twentieth century, and his works were produced all over the world. Many of his plays were composed in the five years he spent in solitary confinement as a political prisoner

in the early twenties. During that time his only friends were a pair of swallows who flew in

through the bars of his single high window and made a nest in his cell. He grew to feel that he was a soul-mate of the little birds and their young, and that they were all one family. Eventually the prison guards discovered the swallows, and waged war on them, destroying their nests (every time one

was destroyed the birds tried to build a new one). This poignant, heart-breaking account of Toller’s loneliness, of the swallows’ lives, and of their tragic fate, is told in the form of a long, sustained and impassioned poem. It is one of the best loved of works of German poetry of the last century.

Title details

Series Poetry Title The swallow book
Subject German Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date October 2021 Authors Ernst Toller / Ashley Dukes
Binding Paperback Pages 67
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 148
ESB Code 56442 ISBN 9781913378011
Inspection Copy No Delivery Limited Stock
  Price £9.99


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