Franz Hessel (November 21, 1880 – January 6, 1941) was a German writer and translator. With Walter Benjamin, he produced a German translation of three volumes of Marcel Proust's 1913-1927 work À la recherche du temps perdu in the late 1920s.
Hessel's parents, Fanny and Heinrich Hessel, came to Berlin in 1880, and joined the Lutheran church (having been born Jewish). Hessel became one of the first German exponents of the French idea of flânerie, and in 1929 published a collection of essays on the subject related to his native Berlin, Walking in Berlin (German: Spazieren in Berlin).
Hessel's son Stéphane Hessel became a diplomat.
- Walking in Berlin. Translated by Amanda DeMarco. Scribe Publications, 2017.
- Works by or about Franz Hessel at Internet Archive
- Literature by and about Franz Hessel in the German National Library catalogue
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