Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Geplant als Novelle, als heiteres Gegenstück zum ›Tod in Venedig‹, entstand mit dem ›Zauberberg‹ einer der großen Romane der klassischen Moderne. Ein kurzer Besuch in einem Davoser Sanatorium wird für den Protagonisten Hans Castorp zu einem siebenjährigen Aufenthalt, der Kurort wird zur Bühne für die europäische Befindlichkeit vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Im Juli 1913 begonnen, während des Krieges durch essayistische Arbeiten, vor allem durch die ›Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen‹, unterbrochen, konnte der Roman 1924 abgeschlossen und veröffentlicht werden. In der Textfassung der Großen kommentierten Frankfurter Ausgabe (GKFA), mit Daten zu Leben und Werk.
The Art of Living
Author: Alexander Nehamas
Publisher: Univ of California Press
In this wide-ranging, brilliantly written account, Nehamas provides an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' place in the Western philosophical tradition and shows the importance of Socrates for Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault.
Professor Bruford shows how the ideal of self-cultivation entered into the thought of a number of highly individual German philosophers, theologians, poets and novelists.
The Best of BB
Author: B B
"The best of BB brings together in one volume some of the best writing and illustration by Denys Watkins-Pitchford - better known as BB. This edition has a larger typeface and improved layout from the original which was published to celebrate BB's eightieth birthday in 1985. This beautiful anthology contains extracts from all his books for adults, and few short extracts from this timeless children's books as well. From stories of wild-fowling in the far north of Scotland to night fishing for carp in dark Midland pools, from his famous books about the white goose, Manka the Sky Gipsy, to the Little Grey Men (winner of the Carnegie Medal) there is something here for everyone who loves the British countryside and its wildlife."
A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope--from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton--and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor, a man desperate to climb clear of his wrong beginnings, seeks atonement; and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world--and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures. In an extraordinary feat of imagination, Zia Haider Rahman has telescoped the great upheavals of our young century into a novel of rare intimacy and power.
The Modernist Papers
Author: Fredric Jameson
Publisher: Verso Books
Cultural critic Fredric Jameson, renowned for his incisive studies of the passage of modernism to postmodernism, returns to the movement that dramatically broke with all tradition in search of progress for the first time since his acclaimed A Singular Modernity . The Modernist Papers is a tour de froce of anlysis and criticism, in which Jameson brings his dynamic and acute thought to bear on the modernist literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Jameson discusses modernist poetics, including intensive discussions of the work of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Wallace Stevens, Joyce, Proust, and Thomas Mann. He explores the peculiarties of the American literary field, taking in William Carlos Williams and the American epic, and examines the language theories of Gertrude Stein. Refusing to see modernism as simply a Western phenomenon he also pays close attention to its Japanese expression; while the complexities of a late modernist representation of twentieth-century politics are articulated in a concluding section on Peter Weiss’s novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. Challenging our previous understanding of the literature of this pperiod, this monumental work will come to be regarded as the classic study of modernism.
Fredric Jameson sweeps from the Renaissance to The Wire High modernism is now as far from us as antiquity was for the Renaissance. Such is the premise of Fredric Jameson’s major new work in which modernist works, this time in painting (Rubens) and music (Wagner and Mahler), are pitted against late-modernist ones (in film) as well as a variety of postmodern experiments (from SF to The Wire, from “Eurotrash” in opera to Altman and East German literature): all of which attempt, in their different ways, to invent new forms to grasp a specific social totality. Throughout the historical periods, argues Jameson, the question of narrative persists through its multiple formal changes and metamorphoses.
Author: J M Coetzee
Publisher: Penguin UK
Nobel Laureate and two-time Booker prize-winning author of Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee reimagines Daniel DeFoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe in Foe. Published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. In an act of breathtaking imagination, J.M Coetzee radically reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe. In the early eighteenth century, Susan Barton finds herself adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave, Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso's companion and, eventually, his lover. At last they are rescued by a passing ship, but only she and Friday survive the journey back to London. Determined to have her story told, she pursues the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe in the hope that he will relate truthfully her memories to the world. But with Cruso dead, Friday incapable of speech and Foe himself intent on reshaping her narrative, Barton struggles to maintain her grip on the past, only to fall victim to the seduction of storytelling itself. Treacherous, elegant and unexpectedly moving, Foe remains one of the most exquisitely composed of this pre-eminent author's works. 'A small miracle of a book. . . of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power' Washington Post 'A superb novel' The New York Times
The Traveler's Tricks
Author: Laurie Calkhoven
Publisher: Amer Girl Pub
On a three-day stagecoach ride to the big city of Albany during the War of 1812, 11-year-old Caroline is fascinated by the other travelers, including a charming magician and a beautiful young woman with a sad past, but when Caroline's important package for her father disappears, she must unmask a thief. Original.
"Hans-Jürgen Syberberg is an original, the most controversial of all the New German directors and a figure who has long been at the vanguard of the resurgence of experimental filmmaking in his homeland. Syberberg’s most characteristic films examine recent German history: a documentary, for example, about Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, who was a close friend of Hitler (The Confessions of Winifred Wagner ). But especially “historical” is his trilogy covering one hundred years of Germany’s past, including, most famously, Hitler—A Film from Germany, also known as Our Hitler (1977). In this film and other works, Syberberg unites fictional narrative and documentary footage in a style that is at once cinematic and theatrical, mystical and magical. Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, the Film Director as Critical Thinker: Essays and Interviews is the first edited book in English devoted to this director’s work, and includes his most important English-language interviews as well as some of the best English-language essays on his work. In sum, this book is a significant contribution not only to the study of Syberberg’s oeuvre, but also to the study of German history and politics in the second half of the twentieth century."
Human greatness has many connotations. Since the requirements for membership in this category are vague and poorly defined, admittance to the Mount Olympus is frequently erratic and subjective, especially in view of a wide "penumbra zone"* of border cases. Nevertheless, rising above a twilight zone of debatable cases, there are individuals whose right for mem bership is unquestionable. In science, one of the unequivocal criteria for "greatness" relates to how far one's scientific achievement affects the opening of new horizons, and points to directions for future development and progress. Unveiling new visions can derive only from creative people who conceive original ideas and con cepts, and who are daring enough to promote them against the indifference or opposition of the establishment. Maintaining the integrity and the faith to one's own ideals may require extraordinary strength of character, - up to courting persecution or even death, - as happened in the middle ages, and more recently, in the first half of this century with regard to Cecile and Os kar Vogt, whose lives and accomplishments are described in this book. Thus the greatness of the Vogts is based both on their penetrating vision of the future for brain research and on the sterling quality of their character, which sustained a "test of fire" during the Nazi years in Germany.
THE BOOK: A selection of work taken from his highly acclaimed collection Stories of a Lifetime by one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. In elegant prose, Mann explores such eternal themes as: individuals forced into the extremes of their existence, isolation and the artist's tentative position in the harsh world, the realization of one's true nature.
Heinrich Von Ofterdingen
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Heinrich von Ofterdingen war ein sagenhafter (historisch bisher nicht belegbarer) S�nger des 13. Jahrhunderts. Der Name entstammt dem mittelhochdeutschen Epos S�ngerkrieg auf der Wartburg (mhd. Singerkriec �f Wartburc; entstanden um 1260). Der Name des unbekannten S�ngers inspirierte mehrere Dichter: So ist er namensgebend f�r das Romanfragment Heinrich von Ofterdingen von Novalis (eigentlich Friedrich von Hardenberg), entstanden im Laufe des Jahres 1800 und 1802 posthum von Friedrich Schlegel ver�ffentlicht und findet sich auch innerhalb der Novellensammlung Die Serapionsbr�der in der Novelle Der Krieg der S�nger von E. T. A. Hoffmann aus dem Jahre 1819.Der Heinrich von Ofterdingen ist in vielfacher Hinsicht als direkte Antwort auf Goethes Wilhelm Meister angelegt. Der Text sollte in der gleichen Aufmachung und bei dem gleichen Verlag (Unger, Berlin) erscheinen. Der Ofterdingen ist ein Zeugnis der Auseinandersetzung mit Goethes Text. Hardenbergs Bewertung des Wilhelm Meister wandelte sich im Laufe der Zeit sehr stark. Er hatte zun�chst das Erscheinen des Romans enthusiastisch begr��t und bewunderte die Poetik dieses Textes. Novalis war begeistert von Goethes Begabung, ganz fremde und uninteressante Gegenst�nde f�r die Poesie fruchtbar zu machen, und von der F�higkeit, Unbedeutendes durch Verkn�pfung auf die Ebene der Bedeutsamkeit zu heben. Die Kritik am Meister w�chst jedoch im Laufe der Zeit und Novalis bricht als erster Fr�hromantiker mit der Verehrung dieses Romans. Er verurteilt schlie�lich den Meister als undichterisch im h�chsten Grade und als ein Kunstprodukt, ein Werk des Verstandes und der �konomie, die �ber die Poesie siege. Goethe sei nur auf das Diesseitige und Pragmatische beschr�nkt und sein Roman sei geradezu prosaisch und modern. Novalis bem�ngelt, dass der Meister blo� von gew�hnlichen, menschlichen Dingen handele und dass die Natur und das Mystische v�llig fehlten. Somit bewertet er diesen Roman als poetisierte, b�rgerliche Geschichte.....
Author: Wilhelm Raabe
Publisher: Tredition Classics
Dieses Werk ist Teil der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS. Der Verlag tredition aus Hamburg veroffentlicht in der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS Werke aus mehr als zwei Jahrtausenden. Diese waren zu einem Grossteil vergriffen oder nur noch antiquarisch erhaltlich. Mit der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS verfolgt tredition das Ziel, tausende Klassiker der Weltliteratur verschiedener Sprachen wieder als gedruckte Bucher zu verlegen - und das weltweit! Die Buchreihe dient zur Bewahrung der Literatur und Forderung der Kultur. Sie tragt so dazu bei, dass viele tausend Werke nicht in Vergessenheit geraten