Queer Places:
83110 Sanary-sur-Mer, France

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/b/b0/Hessel_Franz.jpgFranz 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.[1]

Hessel's parents, Fanny and Heinrich Hessel, came to Berlin in 1880, and joined the Lutheran church (having been born Jewish).[2] 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 (Spazieren in Berlin).[3][4]

Hessel's son Stéphane Hessel became a diplomat.

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


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