Ernst Fischer

[Der Miesmacher]

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Ernst Fischer (July 3, 1899 – July 31, 1972), also known under the pseudonyms: "Ernst Peter Fischer", "Peter Wieden", "Pierre Vidal", and "Der Miesmacher", was a Bohemian-born Austrian journalist, writer and politician.

Ernst Fischer was born in Komotau, Bohemia in 1899. He served on the Italian Front in the First World War, studied philosophy in ... more »

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  • ''To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. Art Against Ideology, ch. 1 (1966, trans. 1969).
  • The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration o...
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. Art Against Ideology, ch. 1 (1966, trans. 1969).
  • ''As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art, ch. 5 (1959, trans. 1963).
  • ''In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art, ch. 2 (1959, trans. 1963).
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