Writing fiction, letters to his family, fiancée, and friends and contending with his interrogator occupied Dietrich Bonhoeffer during his first year in Tegel Prison. Of the incomplete drama, the novel fragment, and the short story, Bonhoeffer admitted to his friend and later biographer, Eberhard Bethge, “There is a good deal of autobiography mixed with it.” This book discloses a great deal of Bonhoeffer’s family context, social world, and cultural milieu. Events from his life are recounted in a way that embodies and illuminates his theology. Characters and situations that represent Nazi types and attitudes are a form of social criticism and help to explain Bonhoeffer’s participation in the resistance movement and the plot to kill Adolf Hitler, for which he was hanged.
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- Provides a clearer context for Bonhoeffer’s theological writings
- Contains a myriad of works from Bonhoeffer’s time in prison
- Presents a mature reflection during a decade of Christian resistance to National Socialism
- Scene 1
- Scene 2
- Scene 3
- A Hot July Day
- A Quiet Forest Pond
- A Rude Intrusion
- Christoph and Renate
- Frau von Bremer and Klara
- The Major’s Story
- Christoph Argues with the Major
- The Bells
- Title: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 7: Fiction from Tegel Prison
- Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Translator: Nancy Lukens
- Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pages: 304
About Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, was a professor in Berlin, an uncompromising teacher in the Confessing Church, and a consistent opponent of National Socialism. Executed by Hitler at the end of World War II, his influence continues today as one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century.