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Prize Germans?: changing notions of Germanness and the role of the award-winning author into the twenty-first century

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Prize Germans? changing notions of Germanness and the role of the award-winning author into the twenty-first century. / Braun, Rebecca.

In: Oxford German Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1, 03.2014, p. 37-54.

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