Books were involved, of course. As mentioned (threatened ?) in the last post, another book list is here, so that I can take them away from my desk. After that I will have no more excuses for another task I had put off as long as possible, pushing it in front of me like a bow wave. But first books.
FREIHERR von REITZENSTEIN, Alexander : Franken. 6. Aufl., München 1976
Alexander von REITZENSTEIN (1904-1986) (Ger.) was a German art historian of Franconian descent. His name is closely connected with the “Bayerisches Armeemuseum” (Ger., Eng.), where he worked as main conservator since the thirties, and the very interesting magazine for “Waffen- und Kostümkunde” that he redacted for some years. REITZENSTEIN is a Franconian, he loves the region, and he writes an imho very charming, old fashioned style, closer to the 19th century than the twentieth. A lovely little book.
BENSON, E.F. : Miss Mapp. 1. Aufl., Frankfurt/M 1991
Well, not much to say about Miss Mapp. Nice place, Tilling.
HENNE am RHYN, Otto : Geschichte des Rittertums. Essen o.J.
In fact this is the revised re-print of the 1890 edition. HENNE am RHYN (1828-1914) (Eng.) was a Swiss historian, who worked as archivist in St.Gallen, and had different journalistic jobs through Germany before 1900. He was a kind of “Vielschreiber” using a light tone. This is an entertaining little book, nothing more. And it does not want to be more than that.
UNRUH, Karl : Langemarck. Legende und Wirklichkeit. 5. Aufl., Bonn 1997
The “battle” of Langemar(c)k, a small village in the flat nowhere of the Western front, took place in early November 1914. It was used as a German propaganda vehicle : The German youth martyrs itself in Flanders fields for Kaiser und Vaterland. That is the lie the official Heeresbericht der OHL (Ger., Eng.) sets into the world on the 11th of November 1914. This battle was a damn fiasco, a muderous, irresponsible waste of live caused by incompetent leadership on many levels. But this lie lived on, it was fed to my father thirty years later when “Führer und Vaterland” expected fourteen year olds to step out and die, and follow the example of the “heroes of Langemark”.
UNRUH (born 1913) is or was a German bookseller, who was a soldier through WWII. I sadly did not find more or actual information about him. What is clear from this book is that he was seriously miffed by propaganda lies.
CONSTANTINE, Greg : Vincent van Gogh Visits New York. 1. Aufl., NewYork 1983
As the title says, a documentation about Vinnie’s visit to NYC in the early eighties. CONSTANTINE sketched some scenes – kudos if you identify the cited works (solving at the end of the book). CONSTANTINE also accompagnied Picasso in Chicago and Lennie in LA.
SCHREINER, Stefan (Ed.u.Transl.) : Benjamin von Tudela, Petachja von Regensburg. Jüdische Reisen im Mittelalter. Köln 1998
(Sammlung Dieterich, 416)
Benjamin of Tudela (1130-1173) (Ger., Eng.) and Petachja of Regensburg (late 12th century) (Ger., Eng.) are well travelled men of the 12th century, both wrote about their voyages. SCHREINER (born 1947) is a German scholar of religious studies, who taught in Tübingen.
TRAXLER, Hans : Es war einmal ein Schwein. 1. Aufl., Frankfurt/M. 1984
Biography of a pig by Hans TRAXLER (Ger.), who is the last living member of the Neue Frankfurter Schule, and possibly a seer, because the pig’s biography ends with the verse : “Am Ende ist es Präsident / und kriegt ein Riesenmonument”, yes Mount Pigmore.
TAPPERT, Horst : Derrick und ich. Meine zwei Leben. München 1998
The German actor TAPPERT (1923-2008) (Ger., Eng.) played the “Kommissar” Derrick for more than twenty years, since the early seventies. I can hardly think of another actor (at least a German one) who was so swallowed by a role. When TAPPERT started this tv engagement he had roughly thirty years on German stages behind himself ans some good success in sixties’ tv productions. But what he will be remembered for, with what he’ll be identified, is this “Derrick”-character. Interesting little biographical sketch.
BOEHNCKE, Heiner ; BERGMANN, Klaus (Ed.) : Die Galerie der kleinen Dinge. Ein ABC mit 77 kurzen Kulturgeschichten alltäglicher Gegenstände vom Aschenbecher bis zum Zündholz. Vergrößerte Neuausgabe, Zürich 1990
This started as a series of short essays about “small”, daily things in the northern German broadcasting station, Radio Bremen I think. Over time they brought more than seventy little texts together, and here is the book. The texts are various in their intentions, some are historical oriented, some use the object to follow a train of thoughts, interesting nevertheless.
So far, so good. Maybe this list inspires your own reading, this would be fine.