Buch, Buch und nochmal Buch …

Time to clean up and tidy the appartement. But it is soo damn humid that even walking from the desk to the fridge leaves me dripping from sweat. I hear rumble in the distance, hopefully a little thunder & lightning will clean the atmosphere. No action with the vacuum cleaner, tomorrow is another day.
But the heap of books – this can be done without any suffering. So here is a little list of books I’ve read since the last one from end of May.

PÜTTER, Conrad : Deutsche Emigranten und britische Propaganda. Zur Tätigkeit deutscher Emigranten bei britischen Geheimsendern. In : Exil in Großbritannien. Zur Emigration aus dem nationalsozialistischen Deutschland. Edited by Gerhard HIRSCHFELD (Publications of the German Historical Institute London, 14), 1. Aufl., Stuttgart 1983, 106-137
Very informative. Gives an interesting glimpse into the organisation of the British secret radio operations during WWII, be it white, grey or black propaganda. PÜTTER, about whom I could find no additional information, specialised in the topic. He edited a handbook about German-speaking radio activities through WWII (Rundfunk gegen das „Dritte Reich“. Deutschsprachige Rundfunkaktivitäten im Exil 1933–1945. Ein Handbuch (Rundfunkstudien, 3), München u. a. 1986) and contributed to other on-topic publications.

CASSOU, Jean : Picasso. (Aus dem Französischen von Ute GARROTE), Paris 1958
Jean CASSOU (1897-1986) (Ger., Eng., Fr.) had something like the archetypical life of a French intellectual in the 20th century. After WWII he became the first director of the newly found Musée National d’Art Moderne (Ger., Eng.) (until 1965), and he should have something to say about Picasso. He had, he did, the result is this little essay.

SWIFT, Jonathan : Satiren. Mit einem Essay von Martin WALSER (insel taschenbuch, 131), 1. Aufl., Frankfurt / Main 1975
Should read the original, really.

Mittelalterezeption. Texte zur Aufnahme altdeutscher Litertaur in der Romantik. Herausgegeben, eingeleitet und mit einer weiterführenden Bibliographie versehen von Gerard KOZIELEK (Deutsche Texte, 47), 1. Aufl., Tübingen 1977
As we know, the idea, the image of the “Middle Ages”, is a product of romanticism, as are the “sciences” “History” and “Germanistik” / “Germanistic studies” (and in between them, their wayward bastard, Deutsche Volkskunde). But who received or adapted what ? This little volume collects the most important texts by TIECK, SCHLEGEL, von ARNIM, GÖRRES, W. & J. GRIMM, and UHLAND, from 1803 to 1831.
About KOZIELEK I could not find much information. He is a “Germanist”, born in Breslau perhaps in 1928. At least he received a “Festschrift” for his 65th birthday in 1993, but I could not find a biographical article online.
I should have read this twenty-five years earlier.

BRÜHL, Georg : Vertiko und Chaiselongue. Deutsche Möbel der Gründerzeit. Leipzig 1992
This little volume collects designs for ameublement chosen & collected from a “Musterbuch” (Ger.) of the 19th century. These designs belong to what is called “Historismus” (Ger., Eng.). The little book reproduces drafts and gives a little text about each. Nice. What is depicted is all that stuff the next generation (those “Lebensreformers” and “Wandervögel” of 1900) will happily throw out ; the next generation that will venerate clear rectangular forms, clear colours, filigree designs preferably from metal and abhors dark wooden monster pieces, windows covered in thick curtains, everything pseudo-folksy – you get the idea.
BRÜHL (Ger.) was an important art historian, museologist and collector in the GDR.

HAFFMANNS, Gerd (Ed.) : Über William Faulkner (Diogenes Taschenbuch, 14), Zürich 1973
Material collection about FAULKNER. What had writers to say about his work, and about single texts. Contains his Nobel speech, a lengthy interview from 1957, timetable. Interesting to see what colleagues had to say about him, what he had to say about writing.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis : Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and An Inland Voyage. Köln 1997
Grab a small bag, and march off. Avoid to sleep under cork oaks, there are rats. Remember, the Cevennen (Ger., Eng.) can be rough. If you want to follow Mr STEVENSON, look here.

That’s it. Perhaps a title is an invitation for you for further exploration.

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14 thoughts on “Buch, Buch und nochmal Buch …

  1. I’m not surprised you didn’t use the vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming always makes me feel like I’m boiling alive after a few minutes with the damn thing! This is why I’ve put off vacuuming for the past week (or two)…

    As for books; your little description of Vertiko und Chaiselongue has piqued my interest. And this post has also reminded me that I haven’t updated my book list for quite some time.

    I hope the storm comes and goes quickly, leaving everything nice and cool and fresh afterwards. Including you!

  2. It IS arduous work with this little screaming machine IDV. And because all my walls here are covered with shelves I have to get on my knees and poke with that howling pipe under these wooden book carriers. But I have to do this tomorrow.

    Vertikeo und Chaiselongue is a nice little thing showing pieces for the Dining Room, the Library etcetc. It follows a walking through a house. The illustrations are not very good (it’s cheaply printed), but you recognise the pieces, also the design of the textiles.
    I am torn between the “heavy” pieces and those lightwheigt modern examples – even a Thonet (with black or dark wood) looks “easy” against these wannabe-medieval pieces of furniture from the 19th century. In my head I furnish rooms – as if I ever could ! – like a library, a living room etc..
    I very much like the high and open, sometimes even grand spaces the “historism” built, I like especially the facades. What I d not like are their colours, I prefer more of powerful accents, and for furniture I think the only requirements should be lightwheight and practical : Metal is a good thing if used properly.
    Let’s see your booklist ! This would be nice, as we are the sole survivors of The Mistress’ “Read more Books”-exertion !
    And btw, the little prick that sunk MsScarlet’s rubber ring – I got it when I jumped over the edge at your bench at the end of the universe : Thundering down I did not realise those “prickly wild roses and brambles” … of course Ms Scarlet had to give me a wipe when I returned to the Pool Party.

  3. I just read that the little prick who was established as “Director of Communications” in the White House is out.
    So much for calling Bannon a cocksucker.

    I only hope that Mr Tillerson has a loadable spine.

  4. Thanks for the booklist, I must read the one about Faulkner (at least).

    I’m sure housework should only be attempted in cold weather, when it’s hot one should sit very still and drink plenty of liquids.

  5. I am in awe, sugar! Not only have I not even attempted to vacuum, but I’ve found that if I walk around without my glasses (in the house) I don’t even see the dust! As to reading, well, I’m even more of a slacker this summer, *insert very sad face* BUT, I do know where my “to read” stack is. xoxox

  6. Yippieahyeah – AUSTERE is back ! Welcome back in Blogland !
    I’m eagerly awaiting to read you again !
    Yes, tar – isn’t it amazing that we humans smear this stuff anywhere ?

    No awe Savannah, just a little “aaawww” is enough. Meanwhile I vacuumed, helped to transport a piano, & ride my bicycle regularily – yes, I’m a shining paragon of virtue ! The gloriole is a bit tight nevertheless …
    I can easily locate the “to read”-stack, because that is what usually falls on my feet …

  7. Sorry LẌ – Amanda’s resurfacing for a moment got me fixed …

    Regarding the engine – don’t know … All I know is that displacement is good, more displacement is better. My next car will be a Dodge Charger. I will happily burn the last remaining fossil fuels !

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