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Language: English
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v The author of the book: Brendan Behan
Edition: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Date of issue: March 31st 1996
ISBN: 3462025449
ISBN 13: 9783462025446
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Brendan Behans in einer einfachen und klaren, mit gälischen Wendungen durchsetzten Sprache gehaltener autobiografischer Bericht über den Alltag in einer Erziehungsanstalt erreichte Anfang der 1960er Jahre unter jungen Menschen einen ähnlichen Kultstatus wie der Roman Unterwegs (1959) von Jack R Kerouac.
Entstehung: Schon als 14-Jähriger war Behan in die IRA eingetreten. 1938 wurde er in Liverpool als Sprengstoffkurier festgenommen und für drei Jahre in eine Erziehungsanstalt eingewiesen. Nach der Freilassung dauerte es nicht lange bis zur nächsten Verhaftung: Weil er einen Polizisten mit einer Waffe bedroht hatte, wurde Behan zu 14 Jahren Haft verurteilt, von denen er aber nur fünf absitzen musste. Den Bericht über sein »Knastleben« veröffentlichte der Autor, nachdem er mit zwei Theaterstücken bereits zu Weltruhm gelangt war.
Inhalt: Borstal Boy ist das Porträt eines temperamentvollen Jugendlichen, der keine Gelegenheit auslässt, sich für den irischen Freiheitskampf stark zu machen, der aber Mithäftlingen und Aufsehern in der Erziehungsanstalt ohne Hass begegnet. Er steht seiner Umgebung aufgeschlossen und vorurteilslos gegenüber und weiß Chancen wie etwa das Angebot zur Lektüre literarischer Texte zu nutzen.
Daneben erfährt der Leser viel über das Alltagsleben in der Erziehungsanstalt, auch über Schikanen und Vorurteile seitens der Aufseher, über Querelen und Machtkämpfe unter den jugendlichen Insassen sowie über pubertätstypische Themen und Konflikte.
Wirkung: Mit seinem lebensnahen, die Umstände nicht beschönigenden Roman begeisterte Behan seine Landsleute wie auch Jugendliche in aller Welt. 2000 wurde das Buch von Regisseur Peter Sheridan verfilmt. B. G.
Copyright: Aus Das Buch der 1000 Bücher (Harenberg Verlag)


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Ebook Borstal Boy. read Online! Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.

Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Street near Mountjoy Square owned by his grandmother, Christine English, who owned a number of properties in the area. Also living in the area was his uncle Peadar Kearney, song writer and author of the Irish national anthem. Brendan's father, Stephen Behan, a house painter who had been active in the Irish War of Independence, read classic literature to the children at bedtime from sources such as Zola, Galsworthy, and Maupassant; his mother, Kathleen, took them on literary tours of the city. If Behan's interest in literature came from his father, his political beliefs were by his mother. She remained politically active all her life and was a personal friend of the Irish republican Michael Collins. Brendan Behan wrote a lament to Collins, "The Laughing Boy", at the age of thirteen. The title was from the affectionate nickname Mrs. Behan gave to Collins. Kathleen published her autobiography, "Mother of all the Behans," a collaboration with her son Brian, in 1984.

Behan's uncle Peadar Kearney wrote the Irish national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann. His brother, Dominic Behan, was also a renowned songwriter best known for the song "The Patriot Game"; another sibling, Brian Behan, was a prominent radical political activist and public speaker, actor, author, and playwright. Brendan and Brian did not share the same views, especially when the question of politics or nationalism arose. Brendan on his deathbed (presumably in jest) asked Cathal Goulding, then the Chief of Staff of the IRA, to 'have that bastard Brian shot—we've had all sorts in our family, but never a traitor!'.

A biographer Ulick O'Connor, recounts that one day, at the age of eight, Brendan was returning home with his granny and a crony from a drinking session. A passer-by remarked, "Oh, my! Isn't it terrible ma'am to see such a beautiful child deformed?" "How dare you", said his granny. "He's not deformed, he's just drunk!"

Behan left school at 13 to follow in his father's footsteps as a house painter.


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