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Marcel Reich Ranicki viel bewundert und viel gescholten war so bekannt und populär so einflussreich und schließlich auch so umstritten wie wohl kein deutscher Kritiker zuvor Mit seinem Literarischen uartett bewies er dass die Vermittlung von anspruchsvoller Literatur im Fernsehen höchst unterhaltsam sein kann Was steckt hinter Reich Ranickis unvergleichlichem Aufstieg hinter diesem unglaublichen Erfolg Als er kaum neun Jahre alt aus seiner polnisc. This had been on the back burner for a while thanks to Clive James s typically over enthusiastic writeup in Cultural Amnesia But it was Reich Ranicki s passing last September that spurred me to find an affordable copy in English which took some work I can t think of an analogue for him in any other culture A germanophone Polish Jew who physically and mentally survived the Warsaw ghetto thanks in no small part to his undying faith in humanism and the German Enlightenment who then rose to become the pre eminent literary critic of the BRD and later united Germany It is a work of two halves his childhood wartime experiences on the one and his career on the other For obvious reasons this can only result in a decrescendo but the sum of the individual parts make up for any underlying flaw in structure The translation is beautiful I m told by German friends and by James that R R s German is peerless and a joy to read For anglophones there is an endless parade of German writers completely unknown unless you are someone like James or Michael Dirda His judgments on authors ring true and clear A great man

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Mein Leben

Or der deutschen Barbarei Im Jahre 1938 wird Reich Ranicki nach Polen deportiert Als Jude erfährt er im Warschauer Getto die schrecklichsten Demütigungen die Menschen Menschen bereiten können Zusammen mit seiner Frau Tosia überlebt er das Inferno Im Polen der Nachkriegsjahre wird er Kommunist und Zeuge des größten Verrats an der Idee einer gerechten Gesellschaft 1958 kehrt er nach Deutschland zurück und wird beinahe sofort als Kritiker anerkan. The audiobook I had only contained two parts out of five about his school years and the war Despite the horrible times he had to live through Marcel Reich Ranicki manages to describe these times with a good amount of wit and an emphasis on beauty how he fell in love with his wife or how the was a symphonic orchestra in the Warsaw ghetto

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Hen Geburtsstadt Wloclawek nach Berlin übersiedelt verabschiedet ihn seine Lehrerin mit den Worten »Du fährst mein Sohn in das Land der Kultur« Doch das Land der Kultur stellt sich schon dem Kind nicht ohne düstere Seiten dar Wie ein roter Faden zieht sich diese widerspruchsvolle Erfahrung durch sein weiteres Leben Das Glück das er der deutschen Literatur verdankt der Musik und dem deutschen Theater scheint untrennbar verknüpft mit der Angst v. This book is an autobiography written by Marcel Reich Ranicki who is a very important contemporary literary critic of German literature In Hebrew the book was translated as if put back to English Life and Literature though the original title in German reads Mein Leben or again put in English My Life The same book was translated to English as The Author of Himself The Life of Marcel Reich Ranicki Mostly I dislike when translators take this kind of interpretive liberty especially in such obvious cases however after reading this book I must confess that the Hebrew translation does do it justice In fact even better would have been to translate it into Life As LiteratureThe author had very interesting life so far being born in Poland in 1920 moving to Germany at the age of 9 studying there expelled into Poland by the Nazi Germans in 1938 and then surviving the Warsaw Ghetto together with his lifetime partner and wife who he had married there Later on he toiled most diligently to become the literary critic that he is meeting and in some cases befriending some of the greatest German authors of the 20th century such as Mann Hesse Frisch B ll and many others most of them I never even heard of The book is only 400 something pages and is very flowingOne thing I am convinced of is that had the author wished so he could easily have spanned a much longer tale Finishing it one gets the impression of only briefly touching the tip of the fork representing Reich s life and only the parts he wishes to exposeThis brings me to my translation s assertion above The author almost loses his wife he watches both his parents hopelessly as they are taken to Treblinka he mentions here and there that his wife suffered later in life from several nervous breakdowns but through all this you mainly get a very dry descriptive account of these events and the main feelings that are expressed are primarily in relation to the literary world and literature Initially I thought perhaps this kind of exposure is just too painful for the author to discuss at length Then I entertained the thought that maybe the author really is emotionally obtuse or detached either as a defense mechanism or was always this wayMy last conclusion however is that Reich is so obsessed and was like that throughout his life whether as a form of escapism or through deep love obsession relationship with literature and literary criticism that he actually looks on his own life as a kind of a literary creation and when writing about it he writes about it as the literary critic that he is It is an interesting and open uestion whether this supra intellectual attitude to life was always prevalent whilst living them or is it only the impression conveyed via the autobiographical textIn all events for anyone interested in Jewish survival and life in Germany and Poland during the Nazi period or in literature or in intellectualism or all of the above this book will prove to be a fascinating read


10 thoughts on “Mein Leben

  1. says:

    I think you can say without exaggeration that Marcel Reich Ranicki was one of the greatest literary critics in Germany Since he passed away two years ago I wanted to read his autobiography which was published in

  2. says:

    Interesting autobiography now available in English as The Author of HimselfBorn in Poland and educated in Germany in the Prussian education system he reflects on that experience as representing two poles of German life On t

  3. says:

    This had been on the back burner for a while thanks to Clive James's typically over enthusiastic writeup in Cultural Amnesia But it was Reich Ranicki's passing last September that spurred me to find an affordable

  4. says:

    If you are not German then there's a good chance you've never heard of Marcel Reich Ranicki pronounced Reich like that thing the Nazis tried to build Ranicki like ranitzky In Germany up until his death last year he was the guy for German high culture if there was a controversial new German book at least one TV station would interview him The biggest newspapers put him on the cover when he wrote a important critiue mos

  5. says:

    This book is an autobiography written by Marcel Reich Ranicki who is a very important contemporary literary critic of German literature In Hebrew the book was translated as if put back to English Life and Literature though the original title in German reads Mein Leben or again put in English My Life The same book was tra

  6. says:

    i hardly read autobio books but it seems the book by Marcel Reich Ranicki came to right time at the moment i wanted to find a book just to kill a day and now i have the feeling that sometimes i should read not only to NOT KNOW but to KNOW Yeah it's useful book for me i spent the whole day to finish it to learn facts of min

  7. says:

    I had to think a long while before I decided to write something about this book but it is one of the best books I

  8. says:

    I am usually not much into autobiographies if there is any insight from political people it will be discussed in the news anyway and I couldn't be bothered about the private lives of singers actors and other so called celebritiesThis one is way different most of the book is about a young jew trying to survive in

  9. says:

    The audiobook I had only contained two parts out of five about his school years and the war Despite the horrible times he had to live through Marcel Reich Ranicki manages to describe these times with a good amount of wit and an emphasis on beauty how he fell in love with his wife or how the was a symphonic orchestra in the Warsaw g

  10. says:

    A fascinating tale of survival and rehabilitation of loss and recovery Reich Ranicki is the first critic of German literature that I read and I am pleased to say that he is one of the few critics I have ever read who makes you want to read the books he is talking about This is a modest attempt to explain how he d