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Semper der Jüngling   By: (1862-1926)

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Semper der Jüngling is a captivating coming-of-age novel by Otto Ernst Schmidt that follows the journey of a young boy named Semper as he navigates the complexities of adolescence and the challenges of growing up in a tumultuous time. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Semper's story is both compelling and poignant, as he grapples with loss, love, and the harsh realities of war.

Schmidt's writing is evocative and immersive, drawing the reader into Semper's world with vivid descriptions and richly drawn characters. The author skillfully weaves together history and fiction, creating a nuanced and thought-provoking narrative that explores themes of identity, morality, and the power of resilience.

One of the most striking aspects of Semper der Jüngling is its exploration of the impact of war on the lives of ordinary people, particularly the young. Through Semper's eyes, we see the devastating effects of conflict on families, friendships, and communities, as well as the ways in which individuals are shaped by their experiences.

Overall, Semper der Jüngling is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that offers a unique perspective on the human cost of war. Schmidt's compelling storytelling and nuanced character development make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction and coming-of-age tales.

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Semper der Jüngling

Ein Bildungsroman


Otto Ernst

Sechsundfünfzigstes bis sechzigstes Tausend

Leipzig Verlag von L. Staackmann 1914

Schon trat aus ferner, tannendunkler Pforte Der Schlaf hervor. Schon raunte mir die ersten, leisen Worte Der Traum ins Ohr. Da klang von nahen Zweigen Ein tiefer Freudenschall Und klang getrost und stark durch Nacht und Schweigen. In meinen Traum sang eine Nachtigall.

Ich ritt durch flimmerdunkle Waldesräume Im Traum, im Traum. Nur fern, o fern, durch mitternächt’gen Bäume Ein lichter Saum. Doch horch: von jenen Röten Ein süß geheimer Hall, Ein weiches, tiefes, morgenstilles Flöten! In meinen Traum sang eine Nachtigall.

Nun weiß ich auch, daß mir dieselbe Stimme Von je erklang Und mir das Herz in Kampf und Leidensgrimme Voll Hoffnung sang. Ein Land des Lichtes träumen Wir armen Seelen all! Ich aber höre Klang aus jenen Räumen: In meinen Traum singt eine Nachtigall.

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