Jozef Filsers Briefwexel Author:Ludwig Thoma This book is written in German. Below is an english summary from Amazon.com — Josef Filser, a farmer from a small village in Upper Bavaria is elected into the Bavarian State Parliament in 1899. He does not know anything about politics and lacks any unnecessary education. — From Munich he writes to his wife and friends, and to the local clergyman a... more »bout his experiences in politics or downtown Munich at night. His letters are hardly literate. He reports about parliamentary bills several hundred pages long (he sells them to a butcher in exchange for some sausages), a revolution against increased beer prices (he gets beaten with fence posts) or the opening of a farmer's fair.
He is strongly against an art exhibition at a Munich museum, because the Rubens ladies are nude and "below the navel it is not art". Another article about Bavaria's foreign relations stress that Prussia (=Northern Germany) is a foreign country, because her inhabitants are poor and Lutheran.
The German version is hardly legible for readers who do not understand the Bavarian dialect. Even native German speakers from outside Bavaria might have a problem.
Otherwise, it is a very funny book with a serious background. In 1900, Bavaria had an arch-conservative government with excellent connections to the Catholic church and the local farmers. There was not much change in the following hundred years.« less