“Tell him anyway”: The Novel Ikarien by Uwe Timm

  • Špela Virant University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
Keywords: modern German literature, Uwe Timm, Ikarien, Morenga, eugenics, utopia


The novel Ikarien (2017) by Uwe Timm is set in Germany after WW II, where Wagner tells the story of the German eugenicist Alfred Ploetz to a young American soldier. Although Timm refers to historical facts about Ploetz and the Icarian movement, the novel deals with philosophical themes relevant to the 21st century reader, while asking basic questions about the ideas, thought patterns and fallacies that lead to racism, violent behavior, and genocide. Since Timm writes about these themes for decades, the article suggests a reading of the novel in the context of his early work and the history of utopian concepts.


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Virant Špela. (2019). “Tell him anyway”: The Novel Ikarien by Uwe Timm. Acta Neophilologica, 52(1-2), 153-166. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.52.1-2.153-166