The Farm of Bondegård and the cottage Granly, Rutsker, Bornholm, Denmark
Bondegård, Knarregårdsvej 17, c/o Lillian Hjorth-Westh, Fællesvej 6, DK-3720 Åkirkeby
Granly, near Bondegård, Rutsker, 10 km north of Rønne
On the island of Bornholm the writer and organ-builder Hans Henny Jahnn (1894-1959) lived as a farm-owner and outsider from 1934 until after the Second World War. In 1945 he sold the farm to the family Hjorth-Westh and moved to a smaller cottage nearby, Granly. Only in 1950 was he finally able to return to his home city of Hamburg. On Bornholm he spent years writing his voluminous novel Fluß ohne Ufer (River without Banks), consisting of 4 parts: Das Holzschiff and Die Niederschrift des Gustav Anias Horn I-II and Epilog , published in 1949-50, one of the most radical books of the 20 th century, a pagan trilogy that leads the homo-erotic protagonists through adventurous travels on many continents, before they find peace in Sweden and Norway.
In a report to the Danish authorities in March 1946 he wrote: “In these turbulent and fearful years I have been able to write my work River Without Banks [...] If I have not found a special form of thanks for the fact that, being in Denmark, I can number myself among the survivors of the catastrophe which I prophesied so emphatically, then the extensive landscape descriptions in my work will bear witness to how much I have loved my small adopted home of Bornholm.”
Back in Hamburg, Jahnn became the founder and president of the Freie Akademie der Künste and one of the most prominent fighters against West-German rearmament and atomic danger.