It’s been a while since The Mistress Sent Me, two full months to be correct, and our Canadian ruler already has posted an update on her reading habits, dutifully, a shining example for all of us. So I’m a bit late, but that’s what I am generally these days …
First of all I finished to read Friedrich AHLERS-HESTERMANNs Stilwende. Aufbruch der Jugend um 1900. I have mentioned it in the previous reading list.
SOUCHY, Augustin : Vorsicht Anarchist ! Ein Leben für die Freiheit. Politische Erinnerungen. 1. Auflage, Reutlingen 1982 (Trotzdem-Verlag) ( = 4. Gesamtauflage, Erstausgabe 1977) (A dirt cheap re-print on terrible grey paper that now slowly turns brown and brittle.)
Augustin SOUCHY (Eng., Ger.) was a German anarchist and lived through the brutal 20th century, fighting against the Nazis and the Kommies, for his ideals of a free and peaceful form of society without rule, rule of money, rule of man over man. His “political memories” are worth a read, he was where things happened, be it in Moscow, Spain, South America.
MÜHLING, Ed[uard] Joh[ann] Jos[eph] : Historische und topographische Denkwürdigkeiten von Handschuhsheim ; ein Beitrag zu dessen Geschichte von seiner Erbauung an bis auf unsere Tage. Nachdruck 1982 der Ausgabe Mannheim 1840
It is the history of a small village near Heidelberg (today a part of the city), authored by the “Großherzoglich-Badischen Decane, Bezirksschulvisitator und Pfarrer” MÜHLING. There is no special reason for me to read this small book. I simply like these small histories of villages & places.
KRYSMANSKI, H.J. ; NEUMANN, Thomas : Gruppenbild. Deutsche Eliten im 20. Jahrhundert. Originalausgabe, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1989
Pictures of groups of humans belonging to the German “elite”, of course authored by a sociologist (KRYSMANSKI, Ger.) and a prof for “Sozialgeschichte der Photographie” / social history of photography (NEUMANN, Ger., obit). Ahh it’s soo eighties … But you have to look in the faces of them pigs !
SIGMUND, Anna Maria : Die Frauen der Nazis. Wien 1998
Usually I become a bit reluctant when a title reads like this – the xxx of the Nazis ; I tend not to expect too much from such a book, simply by prejudice, because a lot of popularly written books use this kind of “Titelei”. But Ms SIGMUND is an accepted Austrian historian, at least it is stated on the book cover that she is (was) a member of the IÖG – sadly I could not find more about her. The book gives biographical articles about Carin & Emmy Göring, Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, Geli Raubal, Eva Braun and Henriette von Schirach. Sadly nothing about Ms Himmler. A solid publication.
LOSCHÜTZ, Gert (Ed.) : Von deutscher Art. Was in den Köpfen derer steckte, die sich einen Führer wünschten. Ein Familienalbum vom Dachboden. Originalausgabe, Darmstadt und Neuwied 1982 (Sammlung Luchterhand 440)
A collection of texts. The author (Ger.) tries to understand what a man of his age, maybe in his early thirties, may have read, what may have run around in his head and helped to form his consciousness, before the Nazis are democratically elected, perhaps with the vote of this man, this shadowy figure our author wants to understand. And of course there are pictures from a family photo album of the time, oh dear …
WESTPHALEN, Joseph von : Warum ich trotzdem Seitensprünge mache. Fünfundzwanzig neue Entrüstungen. 1. Auflage, 1.-10.Tausend, Zürich 1987
von WESTPHALEN (Ger.) is a German writer and satirist who worked in the eighties as editor of Westermanns Monatshefte (Ger.), where he wrote a regular, polemic, pamphletistic column – he was (and possibly is) against anything. Especially politicians. I do not know exactly why I pulled this tome from the shelf – perhaps it was an sub-conscious reaction to all the terrible blurb I have to hear in the radio while driving : “We have the most Eighties !”, or “We play anything Eighties” – as if this decennium would have been God’s gift to us ! It was shit, at least in Germany, where the fat chancellor Kohl and his cronies just sat and sat and sat. It was a corrupt, aesthetically absolutely un-satisfying, politically depraved time of stagnation. And people like von WESTPHALEN wrote their fingers bloody against it. And these radio stations are the cheapest of the cheap, when all they can achieve is to play the old shit again and again, when the driveling idiot of “presenter” nearly fakes an orgasm talking about rock&roll – and all he can come up with is such a lame number like “The Joker”. Yes, Zappa is right, it’s slime coming out of the radio, and good old Joseph is an antidote – like thirty years ago !
KNIGGE, Adolph von : Ueber den Umgang mit Menschen nebst Einleitung. Mit der Biographie und dem Porträt. Nachdruck der Ausgabe ohne Ort [Leipzig ?] 1850
For heaven’s sake : It is not about manners ! Historical books about manners and where to put the fork were treated by the great Norbert ELIAS (Ger., Eng.) in his “Prozeß der Zivilisation” (1939) (Ger., Eng.), who choose Anstandsbücher (Ger.) as basis of his insightful work. KNIGGE writes about different types of personality in different circumstances and how to deal with these persons : What to avoid, what to push. He is not a Machiavellian exploiter of human faults, but an enlightened author of the 18th century. This book is in a sense quite ironic when you look at KNIGGEs chequered biography, at his mishaps at courts, flops were not unknown to him, but he always re-started. And finally he made a living from writing, leading an independent life. He died much too young, in his forties, in 1796.
Good, now I can cram all these back into their dusty wooden prison – ha !