Extracts from the Jul 2012 Journal

The case of Gerhart Hauptmann

How are the mighty fallen! How swiftly does literary fame fade! Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946), born in Obersalzbrunn in Silesia (now Szczawno-Zdroj in Poland), was not so long ago regarded as one of the immortals of modern German literature. The student edition of his first published work, the short story Bahnwärter Thiel (Lineman Thiel) (1888), that I used at Oxford in the 1960s described him as one of the four great figures in German literature to emerge between 1890 and the Second World War, alongside Thomas Mann, Rilke and Stefan George. Yet now he is ever less known or read. [more...]

From humble photos to powerful images (exhibition review)

Austrian Cultural Forum, London [more...]

Letter from Israel

It was only after our father died, almost ten years ago, that my sisters and I could begin to tackle the daunting task of going through all the books, papers and sundry objects that he and our mother had managed to accumulate in their roughly 20 years of life in Israel (after leaving Germany for England 40 years earlier). It marked the start of a year in which the three of us met at least once a week in the evenings after work, to spend a few hours sorting through the things in their flat and deciding how to dispose of them. In retrospect, I find that it fulfilled a dual purpose: helping us to clear out the flat and aiding us in coming to terms with the finality of our loss. [more...]

Letters to the Editor

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