A most fascinating collection of Essays by Charles Rosen. “Is there a moment in history when a work receives its ideal interpretation? Or is negotiation always required to preserve the past and accommodate the present? The freedom of interpretation, Charles Rosen suggests in these sparkling explorations of music and literature, exists in a delicate balance […]
One of the central issues in life can be the impact political decisions and its consequences –often decided by the people in power — have for ordinary folks, who struggle making it through each month and year. In our times the disastrous consequences of political turmoil can be witnessed. Elsa Morante and her husband Alberto […]
Finally I found that great and extensive interview DFW gave for the German TV channel ZDF in HD Quality. A fascinating film showing one of the foremost American authors in recent decades before his untimely death in 2008.
A major literary event has taken place ( unbeknownst to the main stream literary circles ): John E. Woods has finally translated the Opus Magnum by Arno Schmidt “Zettel’s Traum” ( Bottom’s Dream ). One of the seminal books in the 20th century.The price is amazingly low,far cheaper than the German original. I would rank […]
One of the masterworks of Pavese and a real treat. For more info about one of Italy’s greatest writers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Pavese
This by far longest single novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard is probably also his most accomplished effort in his typical discipline of acutely observing and vivisecting the absurdities and vicious banalities if life. What makes his last novel special is that it provides an in depth look on the topic ‘family’, and he keeps – unlike […]
Not exactly a book recommendation,but one of the most intelligent magazines around. The title “The American Interest” is somewhat misleading, as it is a magazine highly critical of the US and its establishment, but the quality of its articles is superb. Here is a taster: a sharp and crisp article about the phenomenon of “crony […]
Very rare and interesting short film about W G Sebald’s book “Austerlitz”. It was Sebald’s last major novel and in this fascinating film some of the traces of that book are followed. Highly recommended !
This must be the most interesting all-round website in English language for all matters regarding cultural and political affairs. Founded by the late Dennis Dutton, a former colleague of mine at the University of Canterbury and a world wide renowned cultural philosopher ( I most highly recommend his seminal book ‘The Art Instinct’ . http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Gottlieb-t.html?_r=0 ). […]
For German speaking folks: ”Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey – Ansichten aus dem Leben und Sterben des Immanuel Kant” is the title of the only so far unpublished film script by the German writer W G Sebald. The WDR ( West German Broadcast ) has produced a radioplay based on this script by Claudia Johanna Leist. A remarkable […]