Hermann Kant, German writer, Died at 90


Hermann Kant was born on June 14, 1926, in Hamburg, Germany, and died on August 14, 2016.

He was a German writer noted for his writings during the time of East Germany.

Kant won the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1967.

He finished High School in 1952 at the Workers’ and Peasants Facility in Greifswald, Germany.

Hermann studied German literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin, from 1952 to 1956.

Kant’s thesis was entitled “The representation of the ideological-political structure of the German fascist army in Pliviers novel Stalingrad.”

Following his graduation, he worked until 1957 as a research assistant at the University and was also the editor of the student magazine, Tua res, from 1957 to 1959.

During the 1960’s, Kent became a freelance writer for the Writers’ Union of East Germany.

His first book was published as a collection of short stories entitled, A little South Seas, in 1962.

‘A little South Seas’ showed stylistic influences adopted from the American Short Story genre and authors such as O. Henry, giving the East German literature a new satirical and a plainly ironic style.

During 1972, the novel was published in a Second Edition, where he perfected his writing style.

However, the publication was always seen as a false depiction of parts of the East German cultural bureaucracy, and Kant was criticized for painting a misrepresentation of the social conflict.

Hermann Kant passed away at 90 years old.