Search Results: "Wolfgang Schivelbusch"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"A true pleasure. (Illustrations—125 b&w—not seen.)"
First published in Germany in 1980, this elegantly trim and readable inquiry is the final volume (after The Railway Journey and Disenchanted Night—neither reviewed) of social-historian Schivelbusch's musings on the origin of modern industrial consciousness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2003

"A fine, discursive study of war and peace, and a worthy companion to the late German writer W.G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction (Feb. 2003)."
A thoughtful examination, by a noted German social and "consciousness" historian, of what happens to victor and vanquished alike in the aftermath of war. Read full book review >

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WATCH OUT FOR WOLFGANG by Paul  Carrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Further, while the traditional porcine tale's moral lauds the value of hard work and logic, the message implied by Dudley's victory—be yourself and you will defeat the wolves at your door—is undermined by the equally singular Rod and Slick's undoing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Who's afraid of the big bad recycler? Read full book review >

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RAINBOWS by Wolfgang Schoellkopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2009

"While the greedy, talky sisters fail to engage, Schoellkopf's bios of the doomed Rothko and Kirchner are exquisitely bleak."
Schoellkopf's new book is a tense, chatty, upscale New York set-piece informed by art history, color theory, acquisitiveness, drug abuse and much speculation about things spiritual and metaphysical. Read full book review >

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A SAD AFFAIR by Wolfgang Koeppen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Koeppen (The Hothouse, 2001, etc.), who's unlike any other writer, produced only five novels in a 60-year career span. But they're all gems, and A Sad Affair is one of the brightest."
An engagingly callow swain pursues the "actress" of his dreams in this previously untranslated 1934 fiction, the first by the great, underrated German author (1902-96). Read full book review >

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GERMAN BOY by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It is hard to imagine that Samuel, as a boy, struggled to translate 'Hast Du genug fur Heute?' ('Do you have enough food for today?') into English—for now his prose sings (or, at least, whistles and hums some lovely tunes)."
First-time memoirist Samuel tells the story of life after WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A detailed, rigorous sociological analysis of the incomprehensible."
Sociology from hell: a thorough study of the harrowing dynamics of terror, violence, and absolute power in the Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN ROME by Wolfgang Koeppen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1994

"Desolate, cold, cryptic."
This Mann-esque German import, previously unpublished in English, takes readers on a lonely midnight walk without a map through crumbling foreign alleyways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1993

"A memorable and learned book by an author who can explain as well as discover. (Thirty-six halftones, four line drawings—not seen)"
In a series of engaging essays, Mieder (German and Russian/University of Vermont; Tradition and Innovation in Folk Literature, 1987) concludes that technological society needs—and generates—proverbs as much as did primitive agrarian societies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"No one would deny Slawski his point—and the charming illustrations compensate mightily—but the long, twisted path to making that point may lose readers along the way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A shaggy dog tale with a seafaring slant, focusing on the wistful Captain Jonathan, of the tugboat Santa Maria. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >