The dying yard

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The dying farm: The fight of a Carinthian mountain farmer to keep her farm is a story by Gustav Renker . It was published in 1927 as a 264-page book by L. Staackmann Verlag Leipzig.


The novel deals with the flooding of a Carinthian farm caused by the construction of a reservoir and the sadness that the event triggers among the farm owners. The focus of the novel is the farmer Notburga Gaberning, who persistently defends her property in the midst of a time that has become alien to her. The farm is mourned like a human being, and the glorification of peasantry is contrasted with a devaluation of modernity .

The work with Peter Rosegger's Jakob the Last and Jakob Bosshart's Heimat is thus divided into a series of alpine anti-modernism.


  • The three Hochrauter boys
  • Epiphany singing
  • The woodworm
  • From the merchant Bedenau to the base Gretel
  • Peter and Paul Day
  • wild Water
  • Uncle Gabernig's will
  • At the Tostenwirt
  • Old Cyprian goes to fairy tale land
  • The camp in the mill
  • Lights on the lake
  • Homecoming


In the dedication to his mother, Renker testifies to an autobiographical basis of the novel:

“You know, mother, it's not a fairy tale, newly invented in Fabelfreude, this book, a greeting from the son from abroad, turned towards you for the quietest evening hours. Lone ones who guard our earth, While we three looked to other goals; Patiently waiting for young workers, while we were building houses on foreign land. You, knowing that tired wings will find their way to home after a long time, creatures of the seeds and happy fields, you, mother, this book is dedicated to you. "

- The dying court, 1927, p. 5

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Title after Josef Nadler : Literary History of German Switzerland. Grethlein & Company, 1932, p. 452.
  2. ^ Arno Mulot : The German poetry of our time: Part 1. JB Metzler'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung , 1937, p. 11
  3. Karin Neidhart: National Socialist Thoughts in Switzerland: A Comparative Study of Swiss and German School Books between 1900 and 1945. Peter Lang AG , 2004, p. 86. ISBN 9783631518922
  4. Cf. Aloys Dreyer : History of Alpine Literature: an Abriss. Society of Alpine Book Friends, 1938, p. 127. And: Josef Nadler : Literary History of German Switzerland. Grethlein & Company, 1932, p. 452.