German Literature

Local Anaesthetic
Local Anaesthetic Reviews

Review: Günter Grass’s Local Anaesthetic has been on my night table and on my desk and in my luggage and slipping out of my hands for about a month now. It is finally finished. Don’t hold that lag time against it. Grass’s narrator—a 40-something West Berlin high-school teacher who spends half the book in a dentist’s chair, where a “tooth plumber” shoots him full of numbing drugs and scrapes calcified scum from the backside of his smile—spins an alternately hallucinogenic, veiled, misdirecting and foully... Read more

On Love and Death
On Love and Death Reviews

Review: Bueno, pues el insomnio ha sido el mejor aliado de mis lecturas. Este libro es pequeño y sin embargo contiene las dos grandes imposiciones al ser humano. La reflexión del autor se dirige más hacia la liga entre amor y muerte: son unos compinches que trazan el destino absurdo del ser-humano.
No tiene desperdicio la comparativa entre Orfeo y Jesucristo, el primero un humano que se redime en su fracaso, el otro un narcisista disfrazado que por vencer a la muerte dilapida gloria alejándolo total... Read more

Herr Lehmann
Herr Lehmann Reviews

Review: Super Typen in einer chaotischen Zeit die mir noch allgegenwärtig ist. Wunderbar geschrieben. Ich habe gelacht und geweint und war traurig als es zu Ende war. Wie konnte mir Herr Lehmann nur so lange verborgen bleiben. Hab gleich mit dem zweiten Teil „Neue Vahr Süd“ angefangen. Read more

Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit
Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit Reviews

Review: Avec une très utile présentation du texte allemand en page gauche et une traduction plus aérienne (!), ce livre ravira les amateurs de Hegel, d'autant que le vade-mecum qui suit le texte reprend les passages qu'une première lecture aurait pu laisser dans l'obscurité.

Une citation pour la route: "... l'attitude antihumaine, animale, consiste à demeurer dans le sentiment et à ne pouvoir communiquer que par lui." p. 145.

"Das widermenschliche, das thierische besteht darin, im Gefühle... Read more

Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit
Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit Reviews

Review: This book is about polar explorer John Franklin -- on the surface. But it is really about seeing the world differently than most, perhaps what would now be called being neuro-atypical.

What I found most impressive about this book was the slowness of its prose. Not tedious or boring, but slow. The rhythm of its sentences, the pacing of the narrative: slow. Slow in its pure, not perjorative sense. To convey this is also a masterwork of translation.

The narrative covers the first of ... Read more

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