weltanschauung (anyone know why the german word is common in this context?)
it's because it sounds cool of course... just like weltschmerz, schadenfreude, spielführer
so, why is Sauerkraut
an english word then? that is a pretty embarassing word (and I'm not quite sure what schreibtischerei
edit: not heard of hans fallada? weird... kleiner mann etc
totally describes the despair of the kleiner mann during the weimar republic.
Little Man, What Now? (German title: Kleiner Mann, was nun?) is a novel by Hans Fallada, which was first published in 1932, the year before Adolf Hitler's rise to power. The book was an immediate success in Germany, where today it is considered to be a modern classic, given its intense descriptions of the last days of the Weimar Republic. The book was also the breakthrough for Fallada as a writer of fiction.
sounds interesting, thanks (will check it out sometime).
Another Weimar Republic book that I want to read since a long time is Berlin Alexanderplatz, I have it for ages now but somehow never started it.