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Kafka (Paperback): Klaus Wagenbach Kafka (Paperback)
Klaus Wagenbach; Introduction by Ritchie Robertson; Translated by Ewald Osers
R233 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R47 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Franz Kafka died almost unacknowledged but he is now recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century and the creator of some of modern literature's most unsettling and memorable images. As this biography shows, this world was very much Kafka's own: his personal life was as complicated and troubled as anything in his books. Klaus Wagenbach offers an acute portrait of a mind torn between the attractions of the world, including a series of intense relationships with women, and his desire for solitude. The result was writing, which, according to Albert Camus, takes us to the limits of human thought.

Old Masters - A Comedy (Paperback, Reprinted edition): Thomas Bernhard Old Masters - A Comedy (Paperback, Reprinted edition)
Thomas Bernhard; Translated by Ewald Osers
R326 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R59 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has been
summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. While
Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher--who fears Reger's
plans to kill himself--gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his
wisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship with
art. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the
pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic
and strangely exhilarating.
"Bernhard's . . . most enjoyable novel."--Robert Craft, "New York "
"Review of Books."
"Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction."
--George Steiner

Yes (Paperback, Univ of Chicago PR ed.): Thomas Bernhard Yes (Paperback, Univ of Chicago PR ed.)
Thomas Bernhard; Translated by Ewald Osers
R274 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R48 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The narrator, a scientist working on antibodies and suffering from emotional and mental illness, meets a Persian woman, the companion of a Swiss engineer, at an office in rural Austria. For the scientist, his endless talks with the strange Asian woman mean release from his condition, but for the Persian woman, as her own circumstances deteriorate, there is only one answer.
"Thomas Bernhard was one of the few major writers of the second half of this century."--Gabriel Josipovici, "Independent"
"With his death, European letters lost one of its most perceptive, uncompromising voices since the war."--"Spectator"
Widely acclaimed as a novelist, playwright, and poet, Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) won many of the most prestigious literary prizes of Europe, including the Austrian State Prize, the Bremen and Bruchner prizes, and Le Prix Seguier.

The Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-1939 - A Documentary History (Hardcover): Nikolaus Wachsmann, Christian Goeschel The Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-1939 - A Documentary History (Hardcover)
Nikolaus Wachsmann, Christian Goeschel; Translated by Ewald Osers
R1,389 Discovery Miles 13 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Weeks after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, the Nazi regime established the first concentration camps in Germany. Initially used for real and suspected political enemies, the camps increasingly came under SS control and became sites for the repression of social outsiders and German Jews. Terror was central to the Nazi regime from the beginning, and the camps gradually moved toward the center of repression, torture, and mass murder during World War II and the Holocaust.
This collection brings together revealing primary documents on the crucial origins of the Nazi concentration camp system in the prewar years between 1933 and 1939, which have been overlooked thus far. Many of the documents are unpublished and have been translated into English for the first time. These documents provide insight into the camps from multiple perspectives, including those of prisoners, Nazi officials, and foreign observers, and shed light on the complex relationship between terror, state, and society in the Third Reich.

Martin Heidegger - Between Good and Evil (Paperback, New edition): Rudiger Safranski Martin Heidegger - Between Good and Evil (Paperback, New edition)
Rudiger Safranski; Translated by Ewald Osers
R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the century's greatest philosophers, without whom there would be no Sartre, no Foucault, no Frankfurt School, Martin Heidegger was also a man of great failures and flaws, a Faustus who made a pact with the devil of his time, Adolf Hitler. The story of Heidegger's life and philosophy, a quintessentially German story in which good and evil, brilliance and blindness are inextricably entwined and the passions and disasters of a whole century come into play, is told in this brilliant biography.

Heidegger grew up in Catholic Germany where, for a chance at pursuing a life of learning, he pledged himself to the priesthood. Soon he turned apostate and sought a university position, which set him on the path to becoming the star of German philosophy in the 1920s. Rudiger Safranski chronicles Heidegger's rise along with the thought he honed on the way, with its debt to Heraclitus, Plato, and Kant, and its tragic susceptibility to the conservatism that emerged out of the nightmare of Germany's loss in World War I. A chronicle of ideas and of personal commitments and betrayals, Safranski's biography combines clear accounts of the philosophy that won Heidegger eternal renown with the fascinating details of the loves and lapses that tripped up this powerful intellectual.

The best intellectual biography of Heidegger ever written and a best-seller in Germany, "Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil" does not shy away from full coverage of Heidegger's shameful transformation into a propagandist for the National Socialist regime; nor does it allow this aspect of his career to obscure his accomplishments. Written by a master of Heidegger's philosophy, the book is one of the best introductions to the thought and to the life and times of the greatest German philosopher of the century. "

Prague with Fingers of Rain - Selected Poems (Paperback): Vitezslav Nezval Prague with Fingers of Rain - Selected Poems (Paperback)
Vitezslav Nezval; Translated by Ewald Osers; Foreword by Ivan Klima
R314 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R60 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Czech writer Vitezslav Nezval (1900-58) was one of the leading Surrealist poets of the 20th century. "Prague with Fingers of Rain" is his classic 1936 collection in which Prague's many-sided life - its glamorous history, various weathers, different kinds of people - becomes symbolic of what is contradictory and paradoxical in life itself. Mixing real and surreal, Nezval evokes life's contradictoriness in a series of psalm-like poems of puzzled love and generous humanity. Nezval was perhaps the most prolific writer in Prague during the 1920s and 30s. An original member of the avant-garde group of artists Devetsil ("Butterbur", literally: "Nine Forces"), he was a founding figure of the Poetist movement. His numerous books included poetry collections, experimental plays and novels, memoirs, essays and translations. His best work is from the interwar period. Along with Karel Teige, Jindrich Aetyrsku, and Toyen, Nezval frequently travelled to Paris, engaging with the French surrealists. Forging a friendship with Andre Breton and Paul Aeluard, he was instrumental in founding The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia in 1934 (the first such group outside of France), serving as editor of the group's journal Surrealismus. His mastery of language and prosody was unparalleled - contemporaries referred to it as wizardry. Alongside with surrealist poetry, he wrote poems that sounded like genuine folksongs and for some time he teased the Czech literary public by the anonymous publication of three books attributed to a fictitious Robert David - one of 52 Villonesque ballades, another of 100 sonnets, all in strict classical form. His identity was guessed by the critics only because 'no one else would be able to do that'. This selection from his seminal collection has a specially commissioned foreword by Ivan Klima.

Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy (Paperback): Rudiger Safranski Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy (Paperback)
Rudiger Safranski; Translated by Ewald Osers
R1,151 Discovery Miles 11 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This richly detailed biography of a key figure in nineteenth-century philosophy pays equal attention to the life and to the work of Arthur Schopenhauer. Rudiger Safranski places this visionary skeptic in the context of his philosophical predecessors and contemporaries Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel-and explores the sources of his profound alienation from their "secularized religion of reason." He also provides a narrative of Schopenhauer's personal and family life that reads like a Romantic novel: the struggle to break free from a domineering father, the attempt to come to terms with his mother's literary and social success (she was a well-known writer and a member of Goethe's Weimar circle), the loneliness and despair when his major philosophical work, The World as Will and Representation, was ignored by the academy. Along the way Safranski portrays the rich culture of Goethe's Weimar, Hegel's Berlin, and other centers of German literary and intellectual life. When Schopenhauer first proposed his philosophy of "weeping and gnashing of teeth," during the heady "wild years" of Romantic idealism, it found few followers. After the disillusionments and failures of 1848, his work was rediscovered by philosophers and literary figures. Writers from Nietzsche to Samuel Beckett have responded to Schopenhauer's refusal to seek salvation through history. The first biography of Schopenhauer to appear in English in this century, Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy succeeds in bringing to life an intriguing figure in philosophy and the intellectual battles of his time, whose consequences still shape our world.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume 2: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe (Hardcover): Klaus A. Maier, Horst... Germany and the Second World War - Volume 2: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe (Hardcover)
Klaus A. Maier, Horst Rohde, Bernd Stegemann, Hans Umbreit; Editorial coordination by the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt; Translated by …
R6,664 Discovery Miles 66 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the second in the ten-volume "Germany and the Second World War" series. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what they hope will be a definitive history of the Second World War. This volume surveys the first year of the war deliberately begun by Nazi Germany. The authors examine the train of interconnected political and military events, and set military operations against the background of Hitler's war policy and general aims, both immediate and long term. Their analysis, based on detailed scholarly research, is underpinned by a full apparatus of maps, diagrams and tables. The conflict took a course quite different from that which Hitler had intended, but nevertheless resulted in a series of conquests for the Third Reich. At the same time, the establishment of hegemony on the European continent confronted the aggressor with new problems. ;The work should appeal to scholars and students of 20th-century history, social, political, economic and military historians and those interested in the Second World

Germany and the Second World War - Volume V/II: Organization and Mobilization in the German Sphere of Power: Wartime... Germany and the Second World War - Volume V/II: Organization and Mobilization in the German Sphere of Power: Wartime Administration, Economy, and Manpower Resources 1942-1944/5 (Hardcover)
Bernhard R. Kroener, Rolf-Dieter Muller, Hans Umbreit; Translated by Derry Cook-Radmore, Ewald Osers, …
R13,436 Discovery Miles 134 360 Out of stock

Volume V Part II of the comprehensive and authoritative Germany and the Second World War series completes the analysis (begun in Volume V/I) of the administration and exploitation of the German sphere of power and of the German war economy. The authors show how, despite military success and increasingly desperate efforts at mobilizing every resource for the war effort, it was becoming apparent that the Reich's strength was spent. The consequence was ever more ruthless oppression of the population and a frenzied elimination of 'ideological' and 'racial' opponents.

Kafka (Hardcover): Klaus Wagenbach Kafka (Hardcover)
Klaus Wagenbach; Translated by Ewald Osers; Introduction by Ritchie Robertson
R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Out of stock

In Kafka's writing, Albert Camus tells us, we travel "to the limits of human thought." And in this book, the world's leading Kafka authority conducts us to the deepest reaches of Kafka's own troubled psyche, to reveal the inner workings of the man who gave his name to a central facet of modern experience, the Kafkaesque. Klaus Wagenbach, who wrote the first major critical biography of Kafka, draws upon a wealth of new and recent information to produce a concise but finely nuanced portrait of the author, an ideal introduction to this quintessential figure of modernity.

With extensive reference to Kafka's extraordinary letters and diaries, Wagenbach shows us the author of "Metamorphosis" and "The Trial" perpetually caught between the irresistible attractions of the world and his ruthless desire for solitude and isolation. It was this tension, Wagenbach tells us, that gave Kafka's writing its uncanny quality and that haunted his intense, unresolved relationships with women. And it was in this tension that both his misery and mastery inhered, making his one of the most painfully powerful voices of the experience of the twentieth century.

THE Rise and Fall of Prussia (Paperback, New Ed): Sebastian Haffner THE Rise and Fall of Prussia (Paperback, New Ed)
Sebastian Haffner; Translated by Ewald Osers
R204 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R41 (20%) Out of stock

Prussia, a state which contributed so much to European civilization, only exis-ted as an independent power for 170 years. Sebastian Haffner, a Prussian by birth, reassesses the legend and tells the short but dramatic history of this unique state. He casts fresh light on its foundation, its struggle to become a great power in the eighteenth century, its important role as one of the Three Black Eagles with Austria and Russia, and its eventual disappearance from the map of Europe after the establishment of the German Empire.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume 1: The Build-up of German Aggression (Hardcover): Wilhelm Deist, Manfred... Germany and the Second World War - Volume 1: The Build-up of German Aggression (Hardcover)
Wilhelm Deist, Manfred Messerschmidt, Hans-Erich Volkmann, Wolfram Wette; Editorial coordination by Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History); Translated by …
R9,568 Discovery Miles 95 680 Out of stock

This is the first of a ten-volume history of the World War II, written from the German perspective and translated for the first time into English. The five volumes so far published in German take the story to the end of 1941 and have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of historians has combined a synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War. This volume, "The Build-up of German Aggression", surveys the forces both within and outside Weimar Germany which paved the way for Hitler. The authors examine the systematic preparation for war, from the outset of Nazi rule, through rearmament, economic autarky, diplomacy, and the permeation of Nazism through all levels of German society. They consider the extent to which the movement can be regarded as a continuation of historic German nationalism; the limits of Hitler's involvement with the army and big business; and the lack of co-ordination between the administration and the armed services. The book contends

Germany and the Second World War - Volume 3: The Mediterranean, South-East Europe, and North Africa 1939-1941 (Hardcover):... Germany and the Second World War - Volume 3: The Mediterranean, South-East Europe, and North Africa 1939-1941 (Hardcover)
Gerhard Schreiber, Bernd Stegemann, Detlef Vogel; Translated by Dean S. McMurray, Ewald Osers, …
R10,910 Discovery Miles 109 100 Out of stock

This is the third in the comprehensive ten-volume Germany and the Second World War. The five volumes so far published in German take the story to the end of 1941, and have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume 4: The Attack on the Soviet Union (Hardcover, Reissue): Horst Boog, Jurgen Foerster,... Germany and the Second World War - Volume 4: The Attack on the Soviet Union (Hardcover, Reissue)
Horst Boog, Jurgen Foerster, Joachim Hoffman, Ernst Klink, Rolf-Dieter Muller, …
R10,727 Discovery Miles 107 270 Out of stock

This is the fourth in the comprehensive and authoritative series, Germany and the Second World War. It deals with the attack on the Soviet Union, the turning-point of the war. The detailed analysis is underpinned by an extensive apparatus of maps, diagrams, and tables.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume V/I: Organization and Mobilization of the German Sphere of Power: Wartime... Germany and the Second World War - Volume V/I: Organization and Mobilization of the German Sphere of Power: Wartime Administration, Economy, and Manpower Resources, 1939-1941 (Paperback)
Bernhard R. Kroener, Rolf-Dieter Muller, Hans Umbreit; Translated by Ewald Osers
R1,952 Discovery Miles 19 520 Out of stock

This volume is concerned with developments in wartime administration, economy, and manpower resources in Germany and its occupied territories from 1939-1941. It examines the mobilization of material and personnel resources in the German sphere of power for an industrialized conduct of the war. Indissolubly linked with this issue is the question of the way in which the regime's ideology affected that mobilization process, and why the 'opportunity' which the war offered for an organizational restructuring of this sector was not taken. The authors have produced a problem-oriented account, providing - by a detailed presentation of government practice - a multitude of insights into the regime's governmental structures.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume IV: The Attack on the Soviet Union (Paperback): Horst Boog, Jurgen Foerster, Joachim... Germany and the Second World War - Volume IV: The Attack on the Soviet Union (Paperback)
Horst Boog, Jurgen Foerster, Joachim Hoffman, Ernst Klink, Rolf-Dieter Muller, …
R1,965 Discovery Miles 19 650 Out of stock

Nine months after the beginning of the Second World War, German dominance over much of Europe seemed assured. Hitler not only stood on the pinnacle of his popularity in Germany but more than ever his ideological fixations and political calculations determined German war policy. This volume, the fourth in the acclaimed Germany and the Second World War series, examines the thinking behind the decision to go to war with the Soviet Union which was to prove the undoing of the German war effort. The authors examine in revealing detail the military and political policies behind the attack on the Soviet Union and the strategic conduct of the war. They explore not only the command principles and practices, but also the expenditure and attrition of the forces, and show that by the end of 1941 it was clear that it was in the eastern theatre that the Second World War would be decided and the map of Europe redrawn.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume III: The Mediterranean, South-east Europe, and North Africa, 1939-1941 (Paperback):... Germany and the Second World War - Volume III: The Mediterranean, South-east Europe, and North Africa, 1939-1941 (Paperback)
Gerhard Schrieber, Bernd Stegemann, Detlef Vogel; Translated by Dean S. McMurry, Ewald Osers, …
R1,737 Discovery Miles 17 370 Out of stock

This is the third in the comprehensive ten-volume Germany and the Second World War. The volumes so far published have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War. Volume 3 explores the conduct of the war in the Mediterranean region and examines the dramatic military events of this period. It shows how German policy in this area was largely determined by the attitude of the German leadership, especially Hitler, towards Mussolini's Italy, and the volume thus sheds important new light on the alliance policy of theThird Reich. The comprehensive analysis, based on detailed scholarly research, is underpinned by a full apparatus of maps, diagrams, and tables. Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of unparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe (Paperback): Klaus A. Maier, Horst... Germany and the Second World War - Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe (Paperback)
Klaus A. Maier, Horst Rohde, Bernd Stegemann, Hans Umbreit; Translated by Dean S. McMurry, …
R1,540 Discovery Miles 15 400 Out of stock

This is the second in the comprehensive ten-volume Germany and the Second World War. The volumes so far published have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War. Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe surveys the first year of the war deliberately begun by Nazi Germany. The authors examine the train of interconnected political and military events, and set military operations against the background of Hitler's war policy and general aims, both immediate and long term. Their comprehensive analysis, based on detailed scholarly research, is underpinned by a full apparatus of maps, diagrams, and tables. The conflict took a course quite different from that which Hitler had intended, but nevertheless resulted in a series of conquests for the Third Reich. At the same time, the establishment of hegemony on the European continent confronted the aggressor with new problems. Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of unparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.

Germany and the Second World War - Volume I: The Build-up of German Aggression (Paperback): Wilhelm Deist, Manfred... Germany and the Second World War - Volume I: The Build-up of German Aggression (Paperback)
Wilhelm Deist, Manfred Messerschmidt, Hans-Erich Volkmann, Wolfram Wette; Translated by P.S. Falla, …
R1,737 Discovery Miles 17 370 Out of stock

This is the first of a comprehensive ten-volume history of the Second World War, written from the German perspective and translated for the first time into English. The volumes so far published have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War. This volume, The Build-up of German Aggression, surveys the forces both within and outside Weimar Germany which paved the way for Hitler. The authors examine the systematic preparation for war, from the outset of Nazi rule, through rearmament, economic autarky, diplomacy, and the penetration of German society at all levels. They consider the extent to which the movement can be regarded as a continuation of historic German nationalism; the limits of Hitler's involvement with the army and big business; and the lack of coordination between the administration and the armed services. The book demonstrates that, despite Nazi propaganda and in stark contrast to 1914, most Germans in 1939 opposed a war which they nevertheless endured with such tragic consequences. Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of unparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.

The Meaning of Hitler (Paperback, New Ed): Sebastian Haffner The Meaning of Hitler (Paperback, New Ed)
Sebastian Haffner; Translated by Ewald Osers
R540 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R47 (9%) Out of stock

This is a remarkable historical and psychological examination of the enigma of Adolf Hitler-who he was, how he wielded power, and why he was destined to fail.

Beginning with Hitler's early life, Haffner probes the historical, political, and emotional forces that molded his character. In examining the inhumanity of a man for whom politics became a substitute for life, he discusses Hitler's bizarre relationships with women, his arrested psychological development, his ideological misconceptions, his growing obsession with racial extermination, and the murderous rages of his distorted mind. Finally, Haffner confronts the most disturbing question of all: Could another Hitler rise to power in modern German?

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