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Erich Kastner

  • 5 stars across 8 books
    Erich Kastner was born in Dresden in 1899, the son of a saddle maker and a maidservant. He was drafted into the army in 1917, and his experiences there were to influence his later pacifism. He published Emil and the Detectives in 1928 to great success. A sequel, Emil and the Three Twins, appeared in 1933, but soon afterwards his books were labelled "contrary to the German spirit" and burned in public by the Nazis. He was interviewed by the Gestapo several times, but remained in Berlin until 1945, when he fled the city to avoid the Soviet assault. After the war he continued to write and remained committed to anti-war movements until his death in 1974.
    2nd July 2015

    Emil and the Detectives

    EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES by Erich Kastner has been in print ever since it was first published in 1928. Young Emil is r... More

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    6th November 2014

    The Parent Trap

    'Walter Trier's deceptively innocent drawings are as classic as Kastner's words; I never tire of them' Quentin Blake ... More

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    28th January 2020

    Mein Onkel Franz

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    9th April 2015

    Dot and Anton

    'Gadzooks!' said Dot ... 'The things that boy can do!' Dot loves play-acting, dressing up her pet dachshund Piefke an... More

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    6th November 2014

    The Flying Classroom

    'Walter Trier's deceptively innocent drawings are as classic as Kastner's words; I never tire of them' Quentin Blake ... More

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    1st January 1999

    Mein Onkel Franz

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    3rd September 2012

    Emil and the Three Twins

    'Password Emil !' Emil and the detectives are on holiday by the seaside when they meet the three Byrons. One Byr... More

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    1st January 2019

    The Parent Trap

    'Walter Trier's deceptively innocent drawings are as classic as Kastner's words; I never tire of them' Quentin Blake ... More

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