Franz Hessel

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Franz Hessel (November 21, 1880–January 6, 1941) was a German writer and translator. With Walter Benjamin, he produced a German translation of Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.[1]

Hessel's parents, Fanny and Heinrich Hessel, came to Berlin in 1880, and joined the Lutheran church (having been born Jewish).[2] Hessel was one of the first German exponents of the French idea of flânerie, and later published a collection of essays on the subject related to his native Berlin, "Spazieren in Berlin".[3][4]

He was the father of diplomat Stéphane Hessel.

Hessel was the inspiration for the character of Jules in Henri-Pierre Roche's novel Jules et Jim.[5][6]

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