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The second, more obscure example is Karl May, a 19th century German novelist who wrote about adventures in far away lands he never visited and is best remembered for his “westerns” today.
Pretty much every German adult is familiar with Karl May, either via the film adaptions from the 1960s or via the original books or via the theatrical adaptions or via a combination of all three.
I used to love Karl May as a child but I tried his work a while ago and it did not resonate that much, but I was struck by how the dialogue and description in Sapkowski is similar in style
One corner of the exhibit shows off the books of Karl May, an immensely popular German author.
But then Ryback tells us that Hitler had "mastered" the writings of Karl May, an ultraprolific German author of cowboy novels featuring the characters Old Surehand and Old Shatterhand.
Karl May is so ingrained in German culture that the highest grossing German film of all time is a slashy parody of the 1960s adaptions of May’s Winnetou novels.