Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm 1st / 1st 1929
London: Martin Secker (1929). First UK edition in near fine condition. The scarce wrapper is very complete with no chips, tears or loss. The spine is browned and there are a couple of marks to the back panel. The book is in nice condition with clean boards and pages. There is no foxing or previous owner’s ink. Overall a scarce near fine copy.
Schlump: The Story of an Unknown Soldier is a 1928 semi-autobiographical novel by the German author Hans Herbert Grimm. Published anonymously, the book relates the experiences of its protagonist, Emil Schulz, known as “Schlump”, as a military policeman in German-occupied France during the war. The work was burnt by the Nazis in 1933 because of its satirical and anti-war tone.
The book was initially overshadowed by the success of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, published in 1929. It regained popularity in more recent times when Grimm was identified as the author.
The book blurb compares the unknown soldiers adventures and his retelling as on a par with All Quiet...and Ludwig Renn’s War.