17-02-18

Emmy Hennings, Mori Ōgai, Gustavo Bécquer, Georg Britting, Andrew Paterson, Margaret Truman, Ruth Rendell, Fjodor Sologoeb

 

De Duitse dichteres, schrijfster en caberetiere Emmy Hennings werd geboren op 17 februari 1885 in Flensburg. Zie ook alle tags voor Emmy Hennings op dit blog.

 

After the Cabaret

I see the early morning sun
At five a.m. I homeward stroll.
The lights still burn in my hotel.
The cabaret is finally done.
In shadows children hunker down.
The farmers bring their goods to town.
You go to church, silent and old
grave sound of church-bells in the air,
and then a girl with untamed hair
wanders up all blear and cold:
“Love me, free of every sin.
Look, I’ve kept watch many nights .”

 

 

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And nighttime when there is no light
and pictures fall right off the walls,
then someone laughs so big and bright
Someone’s long hands grab for me
And then a lady with green hair
who looks at me so very sad --
she was once a mother she swears.
She cannot bear the weight of pain
(I press the thorns into my heart
and then stop full of peace,
and I will suffer every hurt
it’s what is asked of me.)

 

Vertaald door Howard A. Landman

 

 
Emmy Hennings (17 februari 1885 – 10 augustus 1948)
Portret door Alexander Graf, 1951

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17-02-17

Chaim Potok, Mo Yan, Frederik Hetmann, Emmy Hennings, Mori Ōgai

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Chaim Potok werd geboren in New York City op 17 februari 1929. Zie ook alle tags voor Chaim Potok op dit blog.

Uit: The Chosen

“On a Sunday afternoon in early June, the fifteen members of my team met with our gym instructor in the play yard of our school. It was a warm day, and the sun was bright on the asphalt floor of the yard. The gym instructor was a short, chunky man in his early thirties who taught in the mornings in a nearby public high school and supplemented his income by teaching in our yeshiva during the afternoons. He wore a white polo shirt, white pants, and white sweater, and from the awkward way the little black skullcap sat perched on his round, balding head, it was clearly apparent that he was not accustomed to wearing it with any sort of regularity. When he talked he frequently thumped his right fist into his left palm to emphasize a point. He walked on the balls of his feet, almost in imitation of a boxer’s ring stance, and he was fanatically addicted to professional baseball. He had nursed our softball team along for two years, and by a mixture of patience, luck, shrewd manipulations during some tight ball games, and hard, fist-thumping harangues calculated to shove us into a patriotic awareness of the importance of athletics and physical fitness for the war effort, he was able to mold our original team of fifteen awkward fumblers into the top team of our league. His name was Mr. Galanter, and all of us wondered why he was not off somewhere fighting in the war.
During my two years with the team, I had become quite adept at second base and had also developed a swift underhand pitch that would tempt a batter into a swing but would drop into a curve at the last moment and slide just below the flaying bat for a strike. Mr. Galanter always began a ball game by putting me at second base and would use me as a pitcher only in very tight moments, because, as he put it once, “My baseball philosophy is grounded on the defensive solidarity of the infield.”
That afternoon we were scheduled to play the winning team of another neighborhood league, a team with a reputation for wild, offensive slugging and poor fielding. Mr. Galanter said he was counting upon our infield to act as a solid defensive front. Throughout the warm-up period, with only our team in the yard, he kept thumping his right fist into his left palm and shouting at us to be a solid defensive front."

 

 
Chaim Potok (17 februari 1929 – 23 juli 2002)

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17-02-12

Frederik Hetmann, Emmy Hennings, Chaim Potok, Mori Ōgai

 

De Duitse schrijver Frederik Hetmann (eig. Hans-Christian Kirsch) werd geboren op 17 februari 1934 in Breslau. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2010 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2011.

 

Uit: Dichter leben (Über Christoffel von Grimmelshausen)

 

“Der Weg ins Paradies

Der Junge mochte zwölf, dreizehn Jahre alt sein. Vor ihm stand eine große Trommel und neben ihm einer von den Kaiserlichen, ein Mann in einer abgerissenen Uniform, mit einem fuchsfarbenen Schnauzbart und mit von zersprungenen Adern durchzogenen Wangen.

»Wenn die erste Linie vorrückt«, erklärte er dem Jungen, »trommelst du langsam drei Schläge, die ihrem Schritt angepasst sind. Dann einen Schlag lang Pause. Das ist, damit sie aufmerken und nicht einfach stur vorangehen. Gleich darauf werden schon ziemlich viele ins Gras beißen. Nun kommt die zweite Linie. Jene brauchen schon etwas mehr Anstachelung.

Also schlägst du jetzt rasch, wiederum drei Schläge, machst eine Pause und fügst noch einmal drei Schläge hinzu. Unterdessen wird auch die zweite Linie ziemlich viele Lücken aufweisen. Die Männer sind jetzt eingeschüchtert, weil sie ständig über die toten und verwundeten Kameraden stolpern. Deswegen musst du sie mit deinem Schlag aufmuntern.

Er sollte nicht mehr so dumpf klingen wie zu Anfang. Er sollte rasch kommen wie für die zweite Linie, aber noch etwas spritziger. Er muss denen, die in der dritten Linie voranrücken, Mut geben. Deshalb schlägst du nun, wenn du drei rasche Schläge getrommelt hast, einmal mit dem Stecken auf den Trommelrand. Das ist das Geräusch, von dem man sagt, dass es einen den Tod vergessen lässt. Hast du das verstanden?«

Der Junge nickte lebhaft.

»Gut, dann nimm dir jetzt die Trommel und geh dort hinten in das Wäldchen und übe. Du darfst beim üben nicht mit voller Kraft schlagen, sondern ein wenig leiser, gedämpfter als morgen in der Schlacht. Aber dass du mir wenigstens eine halbe Stunde übst.”

 

 

Frederik Hetmann (17 februari 1934 – 1 juni 2006)

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17-02-11

Chaim Potok, Mori Ōgai, Gustavo Bécquer, Georg Britting, Andrew Paterson, Margaret Truman

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Chaim Potok werd geboren in New York City op 17 februari 1929. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2007 Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2009 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2010.

 

Uit: My name is Asher Lev

 

My father's great-great-grandfather was in his early years the manager of the vast estates of a carousing Russian nobleman who when drunk sometimes killed serfs; once, in an act of wild drunkenness, he burned down a village and people died. You see how a goy behaves, I would be told by my father and mother. The people of the sitra achra behave this way. They are evil and from the Other Side. Jews do not behave this way. My father's great-great-grandfather had transformed those estates into a source of immense wealth for his employer as well as himself. In his middle years, he began to travel. Why did he travel so much? I would ask. To do good deeds and bring the Master of the Universe into the world, my father would respond. To find people in need and to comfort and help them, my mother would say. I was told about him so often during my very early years that he began to appear quite frequently in my dreams: a man of mythic dimensions, tall, dark-bearded, powerful of mind and body; a brilliant entrepreneur; a beneficent supporter of academies of learning; a legendary traveler, and author of the Hebrew work Journeys to Distant Lands. That great man would come to me in my dreams and echo my father's queries about the latest bare wall I had decorated and the sacred margins I had that day filled with drawings. It was no joy waking up after a dream about that man. He left a taste of thunder in my mouth.

My father's father, the man whose name I bear, was a scholar and recluse in his early and middle years, a dweller in the study halls of synagogues and academies. He was never described to me, but I pictured him as slight of body and huge of head, with eyelids swollen from lack of sleep, face pale, lips dry, the veins showing blue along his cheeks and temples. In his youth, he earned the name "ilui," genius, a term not lightly bestowed by the Jews of Eastern Europe. And by the time he was twenty he had come to be known as the Genius of Mozyr, after the Russian town in which he lived. Shortly before his fiftieth birthday, he abruptly and mysteriously left Mozyr and, with his wife and children, journeyed to Ladov and became a member of the Russian Hasidic sect led by the Rebbe of Ladov. He began to travel throughout the Soviet Union as an emissary of the Rebbe. Why did he travel so much? I once asked. To bring the Master of the Universe into the world, my father replied.“

 

 

 

Chaim Potok (17 februari 1929 – 23 juli 2002)

 

 

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17-02-10

Mori Ōgai, Georg Britting, Andrew Paterson, Margaret Truman, Maria Rossetti, Ruth Rendell


De Japanse schrijver Mori Ōgai werd geboren op 17 februari 1862 als Mori Rintaro in het dorpTsuwano in Iwami. Hij was de oudste zoon in een artsenfamilie. In 1872 verhuisde Mori met zijn familie naar Tokio, waar hij twee jaar later begon met studies geneeskunde aan de Universiteit van Tokio. Rond deze tijd maakte hij voor het eerst kennis met poëzie. In het bijzonder tanka en Chinese gedichten. Wat later begon hij ook romans te lezen. In 1881 werd Mori Ōgai de jongste persoon ooit die een diploma geneeskunde kreeg aan de Universiteit van Tokio.  Na zijn graduatie begon Mori een carrière als legerarts. In 1884 moest hij van de regering voor vier jaar in Duitsland gaan studereren. Hij ontdekte zo dat er een groot verschil bestond tussen de Europese en Japanse literatuur.  Toen hij terugkwam in Japan, probeerde Mori Ōgai om niet alleen de Japanse geneeskunde te moderniseren, maar ook de Japanse literatuur. Hij deed dit onder andere door in 1889 zijn eerste werk Omokage te publiceren. Het was een collectie van vertaalde westerse gedichten. Datzelfde jaar trouwde hij met Akamatsu Toshiko. Hun huwelijk bleef echter maar een jaar duren. In het jaar van hun scheiding publiceerde hij zijn eerste roman, Maihime. Dit ging over een Japanner die een affaire had met een Duits meisje. Het is één van de werken die beschouwd wordt als het begin van de moderne Japanse literatuur.

 

Uit: The Wild Geese (Vertaald door Kingo Ochiai en Sanford Goldstein)

 

„THIS STORY happened long ago, but by chance I remember that it occurred in 1880, the thirteenth year of Emperor Meiji's reign. That date comes back to me so precisely because at the time I lodged in the Kamijo, a boardinghouse which was just opposite the Iron Gate of Tokyo University, and because my room was right next to that of the hero of the story. When a fire broke out inside the house in the fourteenth year of Meiji, I was one of those who lost all of their possessions when the Kamijo burned to the ground. What I'm going to put down, I remember, took place just one year before that disaster.

Almost all the boarders in the Kamijo were medical students, except for the few patients who went to the hospital attached to the university. It's been my observation that a residence of this kind is controlled by one of its members, a lodger who rises to a position of authority because of his money and shrewdness. When he passes through the corridor before the landlady's room, he always makes it a point to speak to her as she sits by the square charcoal brazier. Sometimes he'll squat opposite her and exchange a few words of gossip. Sometimes he seems to think only of himself when he throws

sake parties in his room and puts the landlady out by making her prepare special dishes, yet the truth is that he takes care to see that she gets something extra for her troubles.
Usually this type of man wins respect and takes advantage of it by having his own way in the house.

The man in the room next to mine was also powerful in the Kamijo, but he was of a different breed.

This man, a student called Okada, was a year behind me, so he wasn't too far from graduating. In order to explain Okada's character, I must speak first of his striking appearance. What I really mean is that he was handsome. But not handsome in the sense of being pale and delicately thin and tall. He had a healthy color and a strong build. I have hardly ever come across a man with such a face. If you force me to make a comparison, he somewhat resembled the young Bizan Kawakami, whom I got to know later than the time of this story, and who became destitute and died in misery. Okada, a champion rower in those days, far surpassed the writer Bizan in physique.“

 

 

 

 

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Mori Ōgai (17 februari 1862 – 9 juli 1922)

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter en schrijver Georg Britting werd op 17 februari 1891 geboren in Regensburg. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2009.

 

 

 

Zorn im späten Februar

 

Schön war der Föhn.  Er blies die hellen Flöten. 

Sie sind verstummt.  Und Winter herrschet jetzt. 

Die armen Hasen sind in argen Nöten:

Sie hatte schon das erste Gras geletzt!

 

Weiß liegt das Feld in schauerlicher Öde,

Und alle Schatten sind so schwarz wie Tusche.

Die Raben freuts.  Sie flügeln, und im Husche

Erwischen sie die Maus, und die stirbt schnöde

 

Unter dem scharfen Hieb der Schnabeltiere.

Nur zu, nur zu!  Erfriere Welt, erfriere,

Frier tief hinunter bis zu Krebs und Fisch,

Du letztes Lämpchen, leer von Öl, erlisch!

 

Komm, Eisbär, komm, und heb die weißen Tatzen!

Erfriere, Welt, an diesem Wintertag!

Ihr Wölfe kommt, und ihr, sibirische Katzen,

Kommt auch heran, weist eure wüsten Fratzen:

Heut ist es so, wies eure Seele mag!

 

 

 

Die Sonnenblume

 

Über den Gartenzaun schob sie

Ihr gelbes Löwenhaupt,

Zwischen den Bohnen erhob sie

Sich, gold und gelb überstaubt.

 

Die Sonne kreist im Blauen

Nicht größer, als ihr gelbes Rad

Zwischen den grünen Stauden,

Den Bohnen und jungem Salat.

 

 

 

 

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Georg Britting (7 februari 1891- 27 april 1964)

In de Münchense Ruhmeshalle

 

 

 

 

 

De Australische dichter Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson werd geboren op 17 februari 1864 in  Narambla in New South Wales. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2009.

 

 

A Singer of the Bush 

 

There is waving of grass in the breeze

And a song in the air,

And a murmur of myriad bees

That toil everywhere.

There is scent in the blossom and bough,

And the breath of the Spring

Is as soft as a kiss on a brow --

And Spring-time I sing.

 

There is drought on the land, and the stock

Tumble down in their tracks

Or follow -- a tottering flock --

The scrub-cutter's axe.

While ever a creature survives

The axes shall swing;

We are fighting with fate for their lives --

And the combat I sing.

 

 

 

 

The Plains 

 

A land, as far as the eye can see, where the waving grasses grow

Or the plains are blackened and burnt and bare, where the false mirages go

Like shifting symbols of hope deferred - land where you never know.

 

Land of the plenty or land of want, where the grey Companions dance,

Feast or famine, or hope or fear, and in all things land of chance,

Where Nature pampers or Nature slays, in her ruthless, red, romance.

 

And we catch a sound of a fairy's song, as the wind goes whipping by,

Or a scent like incense drifts along from the herbage ripe and dry

- Or the dust storms dance on their ballroom floor, where the bones of the cattle lie.

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Paterson (17 februari 1864 – 5 april 1941)  

Standbeeld in Gladesville

 

 

 

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Margaret Truman werd geboren op 17 februari 1924 in Independence, Missouri. Zij was de enige dochter uit het huwelijk van president Harry S. Truman en. Bess Truman. In 1956 trouwde zij met de journalist Clifton Daniel. Zij begon in de late jaren veertig aan een loopbaan als zangeres, maar richtte zich later op het schrijven. Zij schreef een biografie over haar vader, een boek over dieren in het Wiite Huis en had groot succes met een serie detectives, om te begionnen met „Murder in the White House“ uit 1980.

 

Uit: The President's House

 

„The last time I was in Washington, D.C., I walked by the White House on the way to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Hidden floodlights made the historic building glow like a mansion in a vision or a dream. Suddenly I thought: I am not the woman who lived in that house more than fifty years ago. She is a completely different person. I barely know her.

The words whispered in my mind like a voice from another world. I was remembering, or trying to remember, what it meant to be the daughter of the president of the United States, living in that shining shimmering house. The one inescapable thing I recalled was the difference. I have lived in several houses and apartments, and spent some time in splendid establishments, including a few royal palaces. But not one of them--or all of them together--can compare to the feeling I recalled from my White House days.

That was when I resolved to write this book about one of the most mysterious, terrifying, exalting, dangerous, fascinating houses in the world. It is a house that has changed people in amazing, unexpected ways. It is a house that has broken hearts and minds. It is a house that has made some people weep when they walked out the door for the last time--and others feel like escapees from a maximum security prison. Some marriages have been saved within those pristine white walls. Others have been irrevocably ruined.

Children have played marvelously clever games inside and outside this unique piece of architecture. Other children have twisted and turned in their death throes while their weeping parents, arguably the most powerful persons on the North American continent, clutched them in their impotent arms. In those same second-floor bedrooms, radiant brides have dressed in virginal white and descended to meet loving husbands as the world applauded.“

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Truman (17 februari 1924 – 29 januari 2008)

 

 

 

 

 

De Engelse schrijfster  Maria Francesca Rossetti werd geboren in Londen op 17 februari 1827. Rossetti was een dochter van de oorspronkelijk uit Italië afkomstige dichter Gabriele Rossetti en de oudste zus van de eveneens als schrijvers actieve William Michael Rossetti en Christina Georgina Rossetti en van de dichter en kunstschilder Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Christina droeg haar gedicht Goblin Market op aan haar zuster. In 1871 verscheen haar boek The Shadow of Dante: Being an essay towards studying himself, his world, and his pilgrimage. In haar latere leven werd Maria een Anglicaanse non. Zij werd begraven op Brompton Cemetery in het westen van Londen.

 

Uit: A Shadow Of Dante

 

„DANTE is a name unlimited in place and period. Not  Italy, but the Universe, is his birthplace ; not the

fourteenth century, but all Time, is his epoch. He rises  before us and above us like the Pyramids awful, massive,  solitary ; the embodiment of the character, the realization of  the science, of his clime and day; yet the outcome of a  far wider past, the standard of a far wider future. Like the  Pyramids, again, he is known to all by name and by pictorial representation ; must we not add, like them unknown  to most by actual sight and presence ? Who among us has  indeed experienced the soul-subduing hush of his solemnity ?  who beheld all average heights dwarfed by his sublimity ?

Even of his fellow-linguists how many have read his great  poem through ? One of themselves has said it few have  gone beyond the Inferno ; nay, most have stopped short at  two passages of the Inferno Francesca da Rimini and il  Conte Ugolino. And of his fellow-cosmopolitans how many

have read even so much ? If in cultivated society we start  him as a topic of conversation, how far is our interlocutor  likely to sympathize with our vivid interest? How many  young people could we name as having read Dante as a  part of their education ?“

 

 

 

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Maria Rossetti (17 februari 1827 - 24 november 1876)

 

 

 

 

 

De Britse schrijfster Ruth Rendell werd geboren als Ruth Grasemann in Londen op 17 februari 1930. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 17 februari 2009.

 

Uit: End in Tears

 

When he lifted it off the seat the backpack felt heavier than when he had first put it into the car. He lowered it on to the soft ferny ground. Then he got back into the driving seat to move the car deep into a cave made by hawthorn bushes and brambles, and the hop vines which climbed over everything in this wood. It was late June and the vegetation very dense and luxuriant.
Getting out again and standing back to take a good look, he could barely see the car. Probably he only saw it because he knew it was there. No one else would notice it. He squatted down, hoisted the backpack up on to his shoulders and slowly stood up to his full height. The movement reminded him of something and it was a moment before he realised what it was: lifting up his little son to sit on his shoulders. A hundred years ago, it seemed. The backpack was lighter than the boy but felt heavier to him.
He was afraid that if he stood upright the pack would jerk him backwards and break his spine. Of course it wouldn’t. It just felt that way. All the same, he wouldn’t stand upright, wouldn’t even try it. Instead, he stooped, bending almost double. It wasn’t far. He could walk like this the two hundred yards to the bridge. Anyone seeing him from a distance in this half-light would have thought him a humpbacked man.
There was no one to see. The twisty country lane wound round Yorstone Wood and over the bridge. He could have brought the car right up to the bridge but that way it would have been seen, so he had driven off the lane along a ride and then through a clearing to find the hop-grown cave.“

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Rendell (Londen, 17 februari 1930)