Turning Pages

Chapter - I wish there's somewhere I could get away,

to somewhere warm and beautiful

 

Part 2

 

In 1910 one of the older winners gets the Nobel Prize, the German lyric poet and writer Paul Heyse, aged 80. The Belgian Symbolist Maurice Maeterlick is the next to be honoured in 1911 because of his multifaceted fantasy which made his works resemble fairy tales and thus touches difficult issues, such as death and the meaning of life. The German dramatist Gerhart Hauptmann is awarded in 1912, and later, during the First World War he becomes famous for its grim history - allegorical works.

 

In 1913 the most popular of the writers honored within the same decade gets the award, the Indian Rabindranath Tagore. A vrachman mysticist, he got involved with every single art. He studied in England and then fought for the independence of his country, while two of the musical pieces composed by him are the current national anthems of India and Bangladesh. He was the first Asian to be awarded and his artistic and intellectual work paved roads to finally make the West familiar with the Eastern culture. His most widely known book, at an international level, is Ghare - Baire (Home and the world ).

The next year no Nobel is granted, while in 1915 it is another mysticist and pacifist's turn, French Romain Rolland . In 1916 the genre painting of Swedish Verner Von Heidenstam are awarded - a member of the Swedish Academy since 1912 - whose patriotism was manifested in his literary work and apparently moved his fellow citizens. The next year, however, the prize does not leave the neighborhood of Sweden, and is shared by two Danish writers, Karl Adolph Gjellerup - sometimes using the pseudonym Epigonos - and Henrik Pontoppidan, both representatives of modernism. The 1918 prize is not granted, while the last year of the decade it is granted to Swiss Carl Spitteler, for his epic Olympic Spring, which presents the human concerns about the universe mixed with mythological and fantastic elements, creating a groundbreaking result.

India - Puressence

L'ete indien - Joe Dassin

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