I apologise for the delay to thank you, snowdrops and toadmum…
snowdrops, I feel sorry that an overdose of WW1 poetry has blighted your battlefields tour!!
I do not think it is Rainer Maria Rilke as the author name is not as well-know as Rilke.
As for Ernst Jünger, according to Wikipedia which is not a 100% reliable source, he wrote a book relating his war experiences -Storm of Steel (German title: In Stahlgewittern). Unfortunately, according to the wiki article, this book has been seen as glorifying war. The short stories I studied were definitely NOT glorifying war, rather the opposite!
But thank you so much for trying to help to find the name of this author. That gives me the inclination to read some German literature.
Now, I am getting even more confused.
Were the short stories concerning WWI or WWII?
I will try to contact my childhood friends; they might have the answer to my gnawing interrogation… If I get the name of this author one day, I will post it here in case you would like to read his works. I do not even know if his writing have been translated into English… My level in German have plummeted since my school years and I will not be able to read him any more in German! Long are past the days when I and my friend could pretend to be Germans in the underground in Paris and having our conversations in German. Ah! Teenagers and their crazy ideas!!!
Anyone with proper knowledge and a good ear would have spotted our mischievous act!
In my (not yet extensive) research, I was reading about Herman Hesse and I found this passage which I find rather interesting and I would like to share it with all the forumite parents:From childhood, Hesse appeared headstrong and hard for his family to handle. In a letter to her husband, Hermann's mother Marie wrote: "The little fellow has a life in him, an unbelievable strength, a powerful will, and, for his four years of age, a truly astonishing mind. How can he express all that? It truly gnaws at my life, this internal fighting against his tyrannical temperament, his passionate turbulence [...] God must shape this proud spirit, then it will become something noble and magnificent – but I shudder to think what this young and passionate person might become should his upbringing be false or weak."