Journey Through America

Journey Through America
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780857452313
  • Druk: 1
  • september 2012
  • 172 pagina's
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Amerikafahrt by Wolfgang Koeppen is a masterpiece of observation, analysis, and writing, based on his 1958 trip to the United States. A major twentieth-century German writer, Koeppen presents a vivid and fascinating portrait of the US in the late 1950s: its major cities, its literary culture, its troubled race relations, its multi-culturalism and its vast loneliness, a motif drawn, in part, from Kafka's Amerika. A modernist travelogue, the text employs symbol, myth, and image, as if Koeppen sought to answer de Tocqueville's questions in the manner of Joyce and Kafka. Journey through America is also a meditation on America, intended for a German audience and mindful of the destiny of postwar Europe under many Americanizing influences.

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[In] excellent translation of Koeppen's Amerikafahrt... [the author] traces his travels across the US as he reflects on the state of American culture and its meaning for the future of the Western world...Everywhere he sees technical and material progress but wonders if that will be used for public enlightenment or centralized money-driven consumerism. Seeing the Statue of Liberty, he wonders which symbol predominates, her torch or her unseeing eyes. Given the polarity of contemporary America, Koeppen's interrogation of life in the US resonates today as well as it did when first published...Highly recommended. - Choice To an American, reading it is like being plunged into a fever dream, in which recognizable places and people are distorted into demons--and also, sometimes, into angels. For the fascination of Koeppen's book is that these two visions of America, as a peaceable, multicultural Heaven and an acquisitive, conformist Hell, never quite manage to cancel one another out. - Adam Kirsch in The New Republic

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Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2012-09-19
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172 pagina's
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Nee

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Auteur
Wolfgang Koeppen Michael Kimmage
Co-auteur
Michael Kimmage
Uitgever
Berghahn Books

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Vertaald door
Michael Kimmage

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9780857452313

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2012-09-13
Thema Subject Code
WTL

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