In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the January–February 2021 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes (+4), the second topic challenge of the year 2021 will be
the works of Theodor Fontane
What's a topic challenge?
See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during January and February 2021 you are invited to try to read at least one work by the German author Theodor Fontane and ask questions about it.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during January and February too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of the one or more works by Theodor Fontane and asking good questions about it (or them). Questions about these works should be tagged with theodor-fontane, german-literature and either the work's title (for book-length works) or poetry (for Fontane's poems). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
The German novelist and poet Theodor Fontane (1819 - 1898), whose bicentenary was celebrated last year [i.e. in 2019], is known as a representative of realism and is known for novels such as Effi Briest, Frau Jenny Treibel and Der Stechlin. His works are now in the public domain; see Theodor Fontane on Wikisource and Archive.org.
Below are a few English translations that are either in the public domain or publicly available for other reasons:
Feel free to add links to other translations and online texts below.
- Vote for the next topic challenge (February–March), or propose your own!