This infection is really nasty. Since last week it became gradually better, but on Wednesday the positive development came to a coughing halt. I saw my doctor, and he pulled out the kill-anything-antibioticum. I only hope it works. Without any discussion, me not even asking for, he filled out another sick note.
Time to sort books back in.
MAASS, Joachim : Die Geheimwissenschaft der Literatur. Acht Vorlesungen zu einer Ästhetik des Dichterischen. Berlin 1949
MAASS (1901-1972) (Ger.) is a German writer who was well known among his colleagues in the Thirties. He worked the newspapers for money, established himself through the late Twenties, and finally had an existence as free author from the mid-Thirties onwards. As soon as possible he traveled to the US and made preparations for the emigration of his friends and himself. In 1940 he reached a position as docent for German literature at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. The eight lectures given in this small tome are his basic thoughts / reflections for a course about Modern German Literature with Thomas MANN, HESSE, RILKE, HOFMANNSTHAL, KAFKA and some others as subjects. I find his thoughts inspiring.
MYRDAL, Gunnar : Anstelle von Memoiren. Kritische Studien zur Ökonomie. Frankfurt/M. 1. Aufl. 1974
This book was originally published in Swedish, Stockholm 1973. For the German translation the English version was used : Against The Stream. Critical Essays on Economics, New York 1973. The “essays” mentioned in the title were published earlier in British and American journals.
Mr MYRDAL (1898-1987) (Ger., Eng.) is really not shy when it comes to making a clear assertion. I wonder if some younger scholar refers to him, whether MYRDAL founded a “school”. I just do not know enough in the field of Ecomonic “science”.
HAFFNER, Sebastian : Anmerkungen zu Hitler. Gütersloh 1978
This edition comes with a short epilogue by Joachim FEST (Ger., Eng.). HAFFNER (1907-1999) (Ger., Eng.) was a very successful German author who wrote about historical topics for a non-academic publicum. This small tome (Ger., Eng.) is not a biography, it is a reflection, had some impact back then.
CARTIER, Raymond : Fünfzig Mal Amerika. Einführung und Nachwort von Robert JUNGK. München 1964
The original work was published as Les 48 Amériques in 1953, reissued as Les 50 Amériques in 1961. Robert JUNGK (Ger., Eng.) speaks in his introduction about a new type of reporter he calls “Weltreporter”, “grand reporter” in French. Examples he lists are mostly Americans like John GUNTHER (1901-1970) (Ger., Eng.), Cyrus L. SULZBERGER (II.) (1912-1993) (Eng.), H. W. BALDWIN (1903-1991) (Ger., Eng.), “the brothers [Stewart & Joseph] ALSOP shuttling between secret services”, Homer BIGART (1907-1991) (Ger., Eng.). European exemplars of the species are Luigi BARZINI jun.(1908-19984) (Eng.), Sefton DELMER, the Swiss Peter SCHMID – and of course R. CARTIER (1904-1975) (Ger.) himself.
It’s an amusing read.
HERRMANN, Horst : Ketzer in Deutschland. Köln 1978
I quit after a little more than 80 pages, that is roughly a quarter. The tone is not bearable. Whoever Mr HERRMANN is or was (the book is published forty years ago), he rides a very high horse. Reminds me of the arrogance another writer displayed while writing about “Scharlatane”, but worse. Waste of time.
FERTIG, Ludwig : Vor-Leben. Bekenntnis und Erziehung bei Thomas Mann. Darmstadt 1994 (Sonderausgabe)
I confess that I did not read the whole text, but only chapter 14 (212 ff.) “”Verfälschung der Gehirne”. Thomas Mann und die Okkupation der Jugend durch den Nationalsozialismus.” Herr MANN had some things to say about his.
I could not find much about Mr FERTIG. I think he is born 1937 and was professor for pedagogy at the TU Darmstadt.
EGNER, Eugen : Meisterwerke der Grauen Periode. Greiz 1992
Simply telling how it is. Highly recommended.
Bergman, Ingmar : Mein Leben. Reinbek 1992 (Zuerst : Laterna Magica. Stockhom 1987)
Incredible. Read it in one go. This man was clearly mad in phases of his life. A miracle that he and his brother (they both tried to kill each other) survived this childhood. It is a bitter, bitter story of wanting the good by using wrong means, overchallenged people, restraints of any kind … A miracle that Ingmar can turn all these experiences into art. The man must have struggled for the better part of his adult life to become a decent person, his biography told by “his” women would be interesting I guess.
I’d like to visit the island Fårö (Ger., Eng.), and see what he saw.
BESELER, Hartwig : Niederrhein. Aufnahmen von Ruth HALLENSLEBEN. Ohne Ort, ohne Jahr [München, Berlin 1962]
BESELER (1920-2005) (Ger.) was a German art historian and an important figure in the monument protection of West-Germany. Here he edited a small tome with b/w photographs of important buildings of the Lower Rhine area. These photographs were taken by Ruth HALLENSLEBEN (1898-1977) (Ger.), a pioneer of industrial photography. I simply like these black-white aesthetics.
I hope one or two titles in this list may prompt you, venerated reader, to own reading.