DIETEGEN in our Interpretation

Switzerland in the middle of the 21st century, after the ecological collapse.


Twelve-year-old Dietegen has organized a submachine gun. When this is detected, he is sentenced to death, hanged in a backyard and put into a box, which is carried in triumph through the streets.


Only eight-year-old Küngolt hears a knocking out of the coffin and throws the lid away. Dietegen being still alive is given to her and subsequently raised by her family. Although Küngolt harasses him, she thinks him to be her husband one day. Her father, an ammunition tradesman, fabricates weapons with the 3-D printer, and takes the docile Dietegen on profitable military campaigns.


When one day, Dietegen does not obey to Küngolt's adolescent command to kiss her, she feels very disappointed and humiliated. So she organizes a party for peers and invites young men from the rival clan of the Ruechensteiners. Her aunt Violande wants to take the place of the recently deceased mother although the children do not accept her. To finally reach her goal, she provides Küngolt with a drug that will make her irresistible. But the party turns out of a nightmare: The son of the Ruechensteiner's chief is stabbed in a fight between rivals.


Although Küngolt is not delivered to the Ruechensteiners, she is auctioned for labor service. Dietegen leads the auction. The only thing he can do for her is preventing  her from falling into the hands of lechers or sadists. She is sentenced to work in the cemetery and has to spend the night in the crematorium. Dietegen still prevents her from being attacked there, but when she gets involved with an employee, he breaks off the connection ...

DIETEGEN by Gottfried Keller

in the Gutenberg archive (German)



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