Books Lists

It’s early March, towards the end of my week off, and I feel miserable. The headaches returned, not strong and hammering, but easily ever present and hence nerve wrecking.
Nevertheless I read some books since the last book related update. Here follows a list, perhaps you may find it interesting and inspiring for your own reading. It all falls in the category “Non Fiction”.

BENZENHÖFER, Udo (Hg.) : Paracelsus. Darmstadt 1993
It is a collection of essays by various authors about Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von HOHENHEIM, called Paracelsus (Ger., Eng.) (1493-1541). The authors are all profound authorities in the history of alchemy, the history of medicine and specialists for Paracelus’ biography and teachings. This collection provides a good overview over different aspects of Paracelsus’ life, work, and how the image of the subject changed over time, from late 19th century towards the end of the 20th century.
BENZENHÖFER (Ger., website) is a leading Medizinhistoriker in Germany, another focus of his research is the history of medicine through the “Third Reich”.

HILLER, Ludwig (Bearb.) : Tausendjähriges Langenzenn. Ein Heimatbuch. Langenzenn 1954
This is one of those small books in the category “Heimatbuch”. Usually a history of the settlement / village / town is published in celebration of an anniversary, like five hundred years insert-name. Langenzenn (Ger., Eng. website) is a town in Middle Franconia. The thousand years in the title of the little tome refer to the first evident appearance of the settling in history, when in the year 954 king (later emperor) Otto I. held a “Reichstag” at this place. As with other books of this kind that I have mentioned before, there is no “need” for me to read them. I just like to look into those books, read  a chapter e.g. about the fire brigade, or something that is special about this place, and have a look at the advertisements of the day. This one is nicely designed and brings wood carvings depicting views in and around the village.

FIEDLER, Wilhelm : Das Fachwerkhaus in Deutschland, Frankreich und England. Reprint of the original edition Berlin 1903, Leipzig o.J.
Originally a dissertation (Referent Cornelius GURLITT). A comparative collection of half-timber-houses in Germany, France and the UK with very interesting depictions of details. I just like old houses.

GELLERMANN, Günther W. : Die Armee Wenck – Hitlers letzte Hoffnung. Aufstellung, Einsatz und Ende der 12. deutschen Armee im Frühjahr 1945. 3. Auflage, Bonn 1997
I have mentioned GELLERMANN earlier here, but I forgot where and – sorry – I will not look now. This book tells along the sources the history of the last “army” the Wehrmacht scratched together. The word “army” is a bit misleading, in the end WENCK (Ger., Eng.) (1900-1982) had not more than four divisions of dubious fighting capacity, and found himself in a real lousy position. He made the best out of it when he refused to attack Berlin that was almost entirely circled by Soviet forces, and instead reached out eastwards to collect the remnants of the 9th army and lots of civilian refugees, retreating in Western direction towards the Elbe and in doing so bringing these people into the American sector.

SCHULZ, Joachim Christoph Friedrich : Reise nach Warschau. Eine Schilderung aus den Jahren 1791-1793. (Bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Klaus ZERNACK), 1. Auflage 1982
SCHULZ (about, DB, 1762-1798) gives a very livid and good readable description of Varsovia, of Polish life & politics in his age, at the end of the eighteenth century. ZERNACK (Ger.) writes a very instructive postscript introducing in SCHULZENS life and times. Interesting read.

KYTZLER, Bernhard (Hg.) : Geister,  Gräber und Gespenster. Antike Spukgeschichten. Leipzig 1989
From Herodot via Plinius senior & iunior to Augustinus, and all stops in between. Stories about daemons, haunting, haunted houses, doppelgaengers – the ancients already knew about this, here are the originals. KYTZLER (Ger.) is a classicist, so he knows the sources. Nice little tome.

NEULEN, Hans Werner : Feldgrau in Jerusalem. Das Levantekorps des kaiserlichen Deutschland. München 1991
I did not know that something like a “Levantekorps” (Ger., Eng.) existed before I took up this book. It is also known as “Asien-Korps”. The unit’s job was to support the army of the Ottoman Empire in various theatres of war during WWI. All in all a difficult task, successfully solved only in parts, while other engagements ended in plain disaster. I can not say something about the author, I simply did not find enough about his biography.

BÄUMER, Angelica (Red.) : Die Anderen. Fotografien von Harry Weber. Nach einer Idee von Margit Münster. Wien 1994 (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 189. Sonderausstellung, 14. April bis 28. Mai 1994)
WEBER (Ger.) (1921-2007) was an Austrian photographer. The photographs of this exhibition show people on the streets of Vienna, outsiders, foreigners, poor people. I confess that I am not interested in WEBERs social message – he simply makes very good black-white photographs, worked in colour too. Here the nearly twenty thousand pictures he left to the ÖNB.

Maybe you can find something interesting.

Sunday Music

The last week zoomed by like a sports car … Noting unusual happened, I worked, I read, I slept, I worked … Thankfully I have some days off now. I have no plans, nothing is scheduled, all I have to do is sort papers.
If you clicked the link above you saw Mr RENAULT’s race car in full thunder, moving from right to left – what is a bit unusual. On most photographs and in films persons & objects move from left to right. As far as I know, the only exception is a French film that narrates the biography of a dead person in retrospect or flashbacks, but I forgot the name of the film and of the director. Here persons consequently move “the other way ’round”, from right to left – from the onlooker’s point of view of course. They always seem to leave the frame, get out of the picture, while objects & persons moving from left to right seem to arrive, to “come in”.
This Sunday “music” is an animated piece from 1989 created by Ivan MAXIMOV (Eng., website, youtube channel) titled Sleva Napravo, From Left to Right ; the music is by Marek BILIŃSKI (Ger., Eng., website, youtube channel), Dancing in a Magic Grove. A bit eraserheaded perhaps, but only a faint echo.
I hope you have a quiet and relaxing week.

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For Your Viewing Pleasure …

or, perhaps better, to satisfy my exhibitionistic needs, follow some pictures of bookshelves that surround me. Because it is not enough to show a “Book on a Chair” anymore, no, it needs to be a complete bookshelf nowadays ! This craze was started by Mr DeVice (complete list here).

Picture 1 is taken from the place where I sit, and shows the bookshelf to the left behind me (crumbled white t-shirt included).

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Behind me to the left
Behind me to the left

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Picture 2 shows the view to the left through the door into the room where I sleep (socks included).

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View into another room
View into another room

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Picture 3 shows that bookshelf to the left in front of me (cap included).

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Books to the left of me
Books to the left of me

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Picture 4 & 5 are just for fun, to add something artsy ‘n stuff.

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Stuff on a shelve
Stuff on a shelve

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Detail
Detail

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Picture 6 is a shaky attempt on a self-portrait, sadly failed, sorry.

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Wackelportrait
Wackelportrait

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There is no need to show other walls, they all do look the same anyway. Really, how can one live his time out in such a boring surrounding ? It’s paper ! And before you ask, the abomination on the ceiling is a makeshift I got from a neighbour who threw the thing out (seventies, with original dead flies), accidentally when I needed a light to guide me out of the darkness …  Normally I do not like these ceiling lamps, but it works and is not standing in my way – you see I’m easy on interior design.

Sunday Music, Monday Edition

Things look better than last week. I am sure that the prospect of a week off helps : Next Frayday the hammer will fall and I’m free for a week, yippieeh !
Other things took a turn for the better, but it’s too early to tell – yes, I am superstitious, man soll es nicht verschreien. That means when you speak too early about something that could happen, the positive effect may be hushed away, the good thing might be scared away – shtum !
So without further ado, some music. The Dave Pike Set (Ger., Eng.) plays But Anyway from the 1970 lp Infra-Red – I hope you enjoy the music. And always remember what happened in Sweden …

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