Books Again

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.

14 thoughts on “Books Again

  1. In 1904 or 1906, My Great Grandfather went back to the old country to visit his sister, the only immediate family member to remain behind, while the rest immigrated to America. He was written up about in the local paper saying the trip to Germany was all well and good except the lack of butter offered at meals and his disapproval of the seating on the trains. He didn’t like that the seats faced each other. This sister of his is somewhat of a fascination to me. She never married and lived many years until her death at a place that sounds like a Victorian New Age spiritual resort of some kind in the Tyrolean Alps.

  2. Oh, Mapp and Lucia – I always meant to read those – so yes, you have been an inspiration. This series of books are supposed to be comic, and I need a bit of comic.

  3. Yeah, terrible lack of butter … and the seats ! He would be very unhappy with today’s seating arrangements in the train cars. I vaguely remember that you once mentioned this aunt before Melanie, but I can not recommend details.

    Queen Lucia lives in Riseholm, I do not know where it is located, while Tilling may be in Sussex. I have several volumes of both series that were newly translated and published in the late eighties / early nineties. Both, Lucia and Mapp, are incredibly curious, vain, bossy, pathetic monsters, who fit in perfectly..

  4. As I just read the “Tilling”-wiki (yes, after linking it, sorry), there is a Friends-of-Tilling organisation … oh dear MsScarlet, all I can say is au reservoir … You live on a magic island where the borders between “reality”, imagined reality, and plain old magick are fluid.

  5. We should all meet up on Scarlet’s magical island someday Mr. Mago seeing how several other people are already live on it too and you wouldn’t have to fly! I will take my drugs and fly over in a catatonic stupor as I do. Once released to fresh air again I will be fine.

  6. Nichts zu danken, dearest Mistress. TRAXLER is the one who gave us the Truth About Haensel and Gretel (1963). And when one talks about the New Frankfurt School, maybe one should mention Traxler’s contemporary Chlodwig POTH too. And of course Arnold HAU.

    Careful with the ketamine, dearest Melanie

  7. As another magic island resident, all I can say is that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s easy to get lost in the unreal and not manage to make it back until bedtime (thereby missing the most important meal of the day – afternoon tea!).

  8. I must have missed something about the “Magic Island” – but I will soon catch up, promised dearest IDV !
    My bedtime slowly creeps into the daytime. If I do not feel like jumping out of bed, yelling nonsense like “Death – where’s yer sting ?!” – thankfully this happens not very often, basically never to be true, but I find it is a nice scene, sorry – so the no-jump is replaced with a lie-in that can extend towards midday, what reduces lunch to a cup of coffee. My afternoon would then be early evening, and I am not eating after eight, at least I di my best to avoid the intake of marzipan eggs or chocolate pudding …
    I have no idea about afternoon tea, it sounds very … meagre : A cup of hot brownish water, and a crumbly something that once was a croissant when deGaulle crossed the Channel … I may be very wrong, and am ready to be corrected – bring on the hard roll !

  9. A CUP OF HOT BROWNISH WATER??????? Are you insane? We are British! We know how to make tea so that your teaspoon can stand up in it unaided.
    Meanwhile, afternoon tea consists of: A pot of tea [with milk and optional sugar] AND scones with jam and cream OR, an assortment of various cakes. To be fair, these days I opt for Brioche – which makes me a little bit eccentric, especially when I dunk it in my tea.

  10. I beg to differ MsScarlet, the fluid that has the “teaspoon standing unaided”-effect is coffee a la John Wayne (think : sediment). I doubt that something runny, translucend, & generally delicate like lew & wimpy water, colourised by plant leftovers, can ever develop said effect.
    These teatime treats are great ! I will have to read meself through this site – and from that alone I will gain some pounds. I think Brioche is that French kind of bread made from yeast (“Hefeteig”) – goes well with red jam, especially cherry – but basically anything goes well with cherry jam. And dunking is always an option too. But it is difficult to dunk pancakes.

    …. noticed that sultanas are used in various recipes. A matter of trust, undoubtedly

  11. Mago I don’t meet many people that enjoy cherry jam like I do! I’ve been told it’s “very German” of me to like mustard with pretzels and pork loin (when I was not vegetarian.) Magical Island Resident’s of Britain I am very fortunate to be only two hours away from Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Whereas I can enjoy afternoon tea and other British indulgences without a 13 hour flight. The only thing lacking is yerselves being present. I always have a wacky time in BC. I think most of your aging punk population ended up there. I find it most amusing, they’re really nice. A fun bunch of freethinkers and artistic types can be met down by the wharfs. There’s usually a few Australians around too.

  12. I see Ms Scarlet has put you right about the tea, Mago. And Melanie has clarified the magic island comment (from your second comment about reading the Wiki Tilling article), so there’s little left for me to do here. Other than to say that I’m another fan of cherry jam!

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