19-06-16

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab, Claudia Gabler

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook alle tags voor Salman Rushdie op dit blog.

Uit: The Enchantress of Florence

“She was a doli-arthi prostitute of the Hatyapul, meaning that the terms of her employment stated that she was literally married to the job and would only leave on her arthi or funeral bier. She had had to go through a parody of a wedding ceremony, arriving, to the mirth of the street rabble, on a donkey-cart instead of the usual doli or palanquin. “Enjoy your wedding day, Skeleton, it’s the only one you’ll ever have,” shouted one lout, but the other prostitutes poured a chamber pot of warm urine over him from an upstairs balcony, and that shut him up just fine. The “groom” was the brothel itself, represented symbolically by the madam, Rangili Bibi, a whore so old, toothless, and squinty that she had become worthy of respect, and so fierce that everyone was scared of her, even the police officers whose job it theoretically was to close her business down, but who didn’t dare make a move against her in case she gave them a lifetime’s bad luck by fixing them with the evil eye. The other, more rational explanation for the brothel’s survival was that it was owned by an influential noble of the court — or else, as the city’s gossips were convinced, not a noble but a priest, maybe even one of the mystics praying nonstop at the Chishti tomb. But nobles go in and out of favor, and priests as well. Bad luck, on the other hand, is forever: so the fear of Rangili Bibi’s crossed eyes was at least as powerful as an unseen holy or aristocratic protector.
Mohini’s bitterness was not the result of being a whore, which was a job like any other job and gave her a home, and food and clothing, without which, she said, she would be no better than a pye-dog and would in all likelihood die like a dog in a ditch. It was aimed at one single woman, her former employer, the fourteen-year-old Lady Man Bai of Amer, currently residing at Sikri, a young hussy who was already receiving, in secret, the eager attentions of her cousin Crown Prince Salim. Lady Man Bai had one hundred slaves, and Mohini the Skeleton was one of her favorites.“

 

 
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19-06-15

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab, Claudia Gabler

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook alle tags voor Salman Rushdie op dit blog.

Uit:Luka and the Fire of Life

“There was once, in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay, a boy named Luka who had two pets, a bear named Dog and a dog named Bear, which meant that whenever he called out "Dog!" the bear waddled up amiably on his hind legs, and when he shouted "Bear!" the dog bounded towards him wagging his tail. Dog the brown bear could be a little gruff and bearish at times, but he was an expert dancer, able to get up on to his hind legs and perform with subtlety and grace the waltz, the polka, the rhumba, the wah-watusi and the twist, as well as dances from nearer home, the pounding bhangra, the twirling ghoomar (for which he wore a wide mirrorworked skirt), the warrior dances known as the spaw and the thang-ta, and the pea cock dance of the south. Bear the dog was a chocolate Labrador, and a gentle, friendly dog, though sometimes a bit excitable and nervous; he absolutely could not dance, having, as the saying goes, four left feet, but to make up for his clumsiness he possessed the gift of perfect pitch, so he could sing up a storm, howling out the melodies of the most popular songs of the day, and never going out of tune. Bear the dog and Dog the bear quickly became much more than Luka's pets. They turned into his closest allies and most loyal protectors, so fierce in his defence that nobody would ever have dreamed of bullying him when they were nearby, not even his appalling classmate Ratshit, whose behaviour was usually out of control.
This is how Luka came to have such unusual companions. One fine day when he was twelve years old, the circus came to town - and not just any circus, but the GROF or Great Rings of Fire itself, the most celebrated circus in all of Alifbay, "featuring the Famous Incredible Fire Illusion." So Luka was at first bitterly disappointed when his father the storyteller Rashid Khalifa told him they would not be going to the show. "Unkind to animals," Rashid explained.
"Once it may have had its glory days but these days the GROF has fallen far from Grace." The Lioness had tooth decay, Rashid told Luka, and the Tigress was blind and the Elephants were hungry and the rest of the circus menagerie was just plain miserable."

 

 
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19-06-14

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook alle tags voor Salman Rushdie op dit blog.

Uit: Joseph Anton: A Memoir

“Afterwards, when the world was exploding around him and the lethal blackbirds were massing on the climbing frame in the school playground, he felt annoyed with himself for forgetting the name of the BBC reporter, a woman, who had told him that his old life was over and a new, darker existence was about to begin. She had called him at home on his private line without explaining how she got the number. “How does it feel,” she asked him, “to know that you have just been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini?” It was a sunny Tuesday in London but the question shut out the light. This is what he said, without really knowing what he was saying: “It doesn’t feel good.” This is what he thought: I’m a dead man. He wondered how many days he had left to live and thought the answer was probably a single- digit number. He put down the telephone and ran down the stairs from his workroom at the top of the narrow Islington row house where he lived. The living room windows had wooden shutters and, absurdly, he closed and barred them. Then he locked the front door.
It was Valentine’s Day but he hadn’t been getting on with his wife, the American novelist Marianne Wiggins. Six days earlier she had told him she was unhappy in the marriage, that she “ didn’t feel good around him anymore,” even though they had been married for little more than a year, and he, too, already knew it had been a mistake. Now she was staring at him as he moved nervously around the house, drawing curtains, checking window bolts, his body galvanized by the news as if an electric current were passing through it, and he had to explain to her what was happening. She reacted well, beginning to discuss what they should do next. She used the word “we.” That was courageous.
A car arrived at the house, sent by CBS television. He had an appointment at the American network’s studios in Bowater House, Knightsbridge, to appear live, by satellite link, on its morning show. “I should go,” he said. “It’s live television. I can’t just not show up.” Later that morning the memorial service for his friend Bruce Chatwin was to be held at the Orthodox church on Moscow Road in Bayswater”.

 

 
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19-06-13

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook alle tags voor Salman Rushdie op dit blog.

 

Uit: The Satanic Verses

 

“When Baal proceeded to lay out the plan for the madam, she responded: "It is very dangerous, but it could be damn good for business." While I do not wholly subscribe to the theory that authors tend to write self-fulfilling novels, it seems quite clear to me that "they" did hear and that they are indeed mad enough to "boil his balls in butter." The Ayyatollah Khomeni, who issued the fatwa for Rushdie's death, in fact stated that what Rushdie wrote about the Prophet literally made his blood boil (quoted in Appignanesi and Maitland 1990:73). The whole thing has been very dangerous, and there is little doubt but that the controversy has been "damn good for business."

The question that remains for me is why Rushdie -- being brought up as a Muslim, even a backsliding one -- did not realize what the reaction of his fellow Muslims would be (Baal was certainly not naive about how Mahound would respond to knowing whores were pretending to be his wives), or why Rushdie realized it but went ahead and did it anyway. To a certain extent Rushdie's public presentation of his private doubt came at the wrong time -- it was a convenient lightning rod at a time when anger against the West -- understandable anger at that -- needed to go somewhere.

But the key I think is found in the same passage (p. 380), where Rushdie comments: "Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy." In an interview ironically broadcast the same day in 1989 as Khomeini's death warrant, Rushdie added: "Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the 20th century" (quoted in Appignanesi and Maitland 1990:24). Here I think is the crux of the problem. We can readily identify with Rushdie on doubt as the norm in the secular as well as much of the sacred thinking of our West. We can read The Satanic Verses as an exercise in dealing with that doubt, one that Rushdie as an immigrant author in our backyard vigorously defends as viable even though it may be seen as blatant unbelief by his critics. But the problem is that Rushdie, at least up until a recent interview with

David Frost, has never claimed not to have belief. He has simply admitted to doubt.”

 

 

 

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19-06-12

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook alle tags voor Salman Rushdie op dit blog.

 

Uit: Mitternachtskinder (Vertaald door Karin Graf)

 

“Es war einmal ein kleiner Junge, der wurde in der Stadt Bombay geboren … Nein, so geht es nicht, ich kann mich um das Datum nicht herummogeln: Ich wurde am 15. August 1947 in Dr. Narlikars privatem Entbindungsheim geboren. Und die Zeit? Die Zeit spielt auch eine Rolle. Also dann: nachts. Nein, man muss schon genauer sein … Schlag Mitternacht, um die Wahrheit zu sagen. Uhrzeiger neigten sich einander zu, um mein Kommen respektvoll zu begrüßen.

Oh, sprich’s nur aus: Genau in dem Augenblick, in dem In dien die Unabhängigkeit erlangte, purzelte ich in die Welt. Schweres Atmen war zu hören. Und draußen vor dem Fenster Feuerwerk und Menschenmassen. Ein paar Sekunden später brach mein Vater sich den großen Zeh; aber verglichen mit dem, was mich in diesem verhängnisvollen Augenblick befallen hatte, war sein Unfall eine bloße Lappalie, denn dank der verborgenen Willkürherrschaft dieser verbindlich grüßenden Uhren war ich auf geheimnisvolle Weise an die Geschichte gefesselt, war mein Geschick unlösbar mit dem meines Landes verkettet worden. Für die nächsten drei Jahrzehnte sollte es kein Entkommen geben. Wahrsager hatten mich prophezeit, Zeitungen feierten meine Ankunft, Politiker bescheinigten meine Echtheit. Ich hatte in der ganzen Sache nichts zu sagen. Ich, Saleem Sinai, später auch verschiedentlich Rotznase, Fleckengesicht, Kahlkopf, Schnüffl er, Buddha und sogar Scheibe-vom-Mond genannt, war vom Schicksal schwer mit Beschlag belegt worden – selbst unter günstigsten Umständen eine gefährliche Verstrickung. Und ich konnte mir zu der Zeit noch nicht einmal selbst die Nase putzen.

Nun läuft jedoch die Zeit ab (da sie keine weitere Verwendung für mich hat). Ich werde bald einunddreißig Jahre alt. Vielleicht. Wenn mein zerfallender, überbeanspruchter Körper es zulässt. Aber ich kann nicht darauf hoffen, mein Leben zu retten, ich kann nicht einmal damit rechnen, tausendundeine Nacht zu haben. Ich muss schnell arbeiten, schneller als Scheherazade, wenn mein Leben bei meinem Tod einen Sinn – ja, Sinn – gehabt haben soll. Ich gebe es zu: Mehr als alles andere fürchte ich die Sinnlosigkeit.”

 

 


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19-06-11

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal

 

De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Sir Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2008en mijn blog van 19 juni 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2006 en ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2009.

 

Uit: The Enchantress of Florence

 

“In the early morning Mohini the sleepless whore of the Hatyapul brothel awoke her foreign guest. He came awake quickly and twisted her roughly into his arms, conjuring a knife from thin air and holding it against her neck. “Don’t be stupid,” she said. “I could have killed you a hundred times last night, and don’t think I didn’t think about it while you were snoring loud enough to wake the emperor in his palace.” She had offered him two rates, one for a single act, the other, only slightly higher, for the whole night. “Which is better value?” he asked her. “People always say it’s the all-night rate,” she replied gravely, “but most of my visitors are so old or drunk or opium-stupid or incompetent that even doing it once is beyond a lot of them, so the rate for a single will almost certainly save you money.” “I’ll pay you double the all-night rate,” he said, “if you promise to stay beside me all night. It’s a long time since I spent the whole night with a woman, and a woman’s body lying beside me sweetens my dreams.” “You can waste your money if you want, I won’t stop you,” she said cold-heartedly, “but there hasn’t been any sweetness left in me for years.”

She was so thin that her name among the other whores was Skeleton, and those clients who could afford it often hired her together with her antithesis, the obese whore called Mattress, in order to enjoy the two extremes of what the female form had to offer, first the unyielding dominance of bone and then the flesh that engulfed. The Skeleton ate like a wolf, greedily and fast, and the more she ate the fatter Mattress became, until it was suspected that the two whores had made a pact with the Devil, and in Hell it would be Skeleton who was grotesquely overweight for all eternity while Mattress rattled bonily around with the nipples on her flat chest looking like little wooden plugs.”

 

 

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19-06-09

Salman Rushdie, Sybren Polet, Josef Nesvadba, Osamu Dazai, José Rizal, Friedrich Huch, Gustav Schwab, Karin Fellner, Claudia Gabler, Marius Hulpe


De Indisch-Britse schrijver en essayist Sir Salman Rushdie werd geboren in Bombay op 19 juni 1947. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2008 en mijn blog van 19 juni 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2006. 

 

Uit: The Satanic Verses

 

“It was during one of these playful sessions at the end of a working day, when the girls were alone with their eunuchs and their wine, that Baal heard the youngest talking about her client, the grocer, Musa. 'That one!' she said. 'He's got a bee in his bonnet about the Prophet's wives. He's so annoyed about them that he gets excited just by mentioning their names. He tells me that I personally am the spitting image of Ayesha herself, and she's His Nibs's favourite, as all are aware. So there.'

The fifty-year-old courtesan butted in. 'Listen, those women in that harem, the men don't talk about anything else these days. No wonder Mahound secluded them, but it's only made things worse. People fantasize more about what they can't see.'

Especially in this town, Baal thought; above all in our Jahilia of the licentious ways, where until Mahound arrived with his rule book, the women dressed brightly, and all the talk was of fucking and money, money and sex, and not just the talk either.

He said to the youngest whore: 'Why don't you pretend for him?'

'Who?'

'Musa. If Ayesha gives him such a thrill, why not become his private and personal Ayesha?'

'God,' the girls said. 'If they heard you say that they'd boil your balls in butter.'

 

 

 

 

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Salman Rushdie (Bombay, 19 juni 1947)

 

 

 

 

De Nederlandse dichter en schrijver Sybren Polet (pseudoniem van Sybe Minnema) werd geboren in Kampen op 19 juni 1924. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2008

 

 

Boomgedicht

 

Zoveel als deze boom heb ik nooit beloofd:

mijn schaduw is minder, mijn nutteloze insekten tieren

weliger,

geen konijnen nestelen aan mijn voet.

 

Wel is mijn schors schor en hees

en ik overschreeuw mijzelf dagelijks met kinderen en bladeren.

 

Traag en moeizaam is mijn ringen

en even moeizaam wen ik aan het snoeien van handen,

de taal die mensen spreken.

Uit mijn hout worden geen goden gesneden,

ook zonder hen wordt mijn hout ouder.

 

Soms is het in mijn merg zo onophoudelijk donker

als in het windstil centrum van een ziekte;

je hoort er mensen als marmotten piepen

diep uit de zwartste zwammen van hun menszijn.

 

Maar jij die uit dit hout een stem wilt snijden,

snijdt een stem. Zoals mijn litteken is zing ik.

 

Mijn litteken is mijn sieraad.

 

 

 

 

Strandschap

 

Achter de duinen het overbodige landschap.

Geronselde wolkenhorden. Strand dat

langzaam zichzelf schept.

 

In ouderwetse rieten strandstoelen

zitten mensen te sterven, tatoes

op hun geloken oogleden.

 

Een enkel sigarettenrokend lijk

lost op in rook.

 

Een beroepshond met een bijbaantje

snuffelt langs de vloedlijn.

 

Vindt een kinkhoorn.

 

Uit de schelp klinkt het zachte geblaf

van een dode zeehond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sybren Polet (Kampen, 19 juni 1924)

 

 

 

 

 

De Tsjechische schrijver Josef Nesvadba werd geboren op 19 juni 1926 in Praag. Hij was opgeleid tot psichiater en introduceerde de groepstherapie in Tsjechoslowakije. Hij begon met het vertalen van Engelse gedichten. Als student schreef hij ook al toneelstukken. Aan het eind van de jaren vijftig begon hij korte verhalen te schrijven die men het best omschrijven kan als satirische science fiction. In de jaren zeventig ontwikkelde hij zich van dit genre vandaan richting meer psychologische romans. Verschillende van zijn boeken werden verfilmd door Juraj Herz.

 

Uit: The Einstein Brain

 

"The situation is extremely grave," Professor Kozhevkin brought his report to a close. "During the lifetime of the last few generations our progress in various technical fields has liberated mankind, freed mankind from drudgery, hunger and war, and opened the way to the Universe. I can still remember the time when the Engineering Faculties of our Universities had the pick of the finest students, and when it was the heart's desire of every young man to study some branch of technical science. Look at things today! Our young people have lost interest in what we are doing. Physics, chemistry and mathematics suddenly seem to have lost all interest for them. Every year there are fewer and fewer students applying for entrance to our Engineering Faculty in Alma-Ata. There is a danger that in a few years we shall find ourselves obliged to restrict our research work and set limits to the number of staff we can employ. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to go on. Our machines cannot work without people to control them; they cannot take care of the needs of mankind unless there is someone to run them. Energetic steps must be taken."

We all clapped and Dr. Kozhevkin sat down.

"At our University in Toronto," Professor Clark Smith-Jones took the floor, "things are almost worse. We have already had to shut down several of our specialised departments in certain aspects of space research, as well as the Department for Research into the Nature of Elementary Particles.“

 

 

 

 

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Josef Nesvadba (19 juni 1926 – 26 april 2005)

 

 

 

 

De Japanse schrijver Osamu Dazai (eig. Shūji Tsushima) werd geboren op 19 juni 1909 in Tsugaru. Osamu Dazai behoort tot de generatie van Mishima, Kawabata en Tanizaki. Hij was echter een enfant terrible die geen aansluiting vond bij de gevestigde orde. Hij had en heeft de status van cultheld. In 1948 pleegde hij samen met zijn minnares zelfmoord. Deze en andere sensationele gegevens uit zijn leven krijgen vaak meer aandacht dan zijn werk. Zijn eerste korte verhaal dat hij ondertekende met zijn pseudoniem was Ressha dat verscheen in 1933. Na zijn zelfmoord trof men 14 verhalen aan onder de veelzeggende titel 'Jaren van verval'.

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Uit: The setting sun

 

““I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, the loneliness, crampedness – they’re heartbreaking. Whenever you can hear the gloomy sighs of woe from the four walls around your, you know that there’s not a chance of happiness existing just for you. What feelings do you suppose a man has when he realizes that he will never know happiness or glory as long as he lives? Hard work. All that amounts to is food for the wild beasts of hunger. There are too many pitiful people. – Is that a pose again?”

“No.”

“Only love. Just like you wrote in your letters.”

“Yes.”

My love was extinguished.

When the room became faintly light, I stared at the face of the man sleeping beside me. It was the face of a man soon to die. It was an exhausted face.

The face of a victim. A precious victim.

My man. My rainbow. My child. Hateful man. Unprincipled man.

It seemed to me then a face of a beauty unmatched in the whole world. My breast throbbed with the sensation of resuscitated love. I kissed him as I stroke his hair.

The sad, sad accomplishment of love.

Mr. Uehara, his eyes still shut, took me in his arms. “I was all wrong. What do you expect of a farmer’s son?”

I could never leave him.

“I am happy now. Even if I were to hear the four walls all shriek in anguish, my feeling of happiness would still be at the saturation point.”

Mr. Uehara laughed. “But it’s too late now. It’s dusk already.”

“It’s morning!”

That morning my brother Naoji committed suicide.

 

 

 

 

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Osamu Dazai (19 juni 1909 – 13 juni 1948
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De Filippijnse schrijver José Rizal (eig. José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda) werd geboren op 19 juni 1861. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2008

 

 

A Poem That Has No Title

 

To my Creator I sing

Who did soothe me in my great loss;

To the Merciful and Kind

Who in my troubles gave me repose.

 

Thou with that pow'r of thine

Said: Live! And with life myself I found;

And shelter gave me thou

And a soul impelled to the good

Like a compass whose point to the North is bound.

 

Thou did make me descend

From honorable home and respectable stock,

And a homeland thou gavest me

Without limit, fair and rich

Though fortune and prudence it does lack.

 

 

 

To Virgin Mary

 

Mary, sweet peace, solace dear

Of pained mortal ! You're the fount

Whence emanates the stream of succor,

That without cease our soil fructifies.

 

From thy throne, from heaven high,

Kindly hear my sorrowful cry!

And may thy shining veil protect

My voice that rises with rapid flight.

 

Thou art my Mother, Mary, pure;

Thou'll be the fortress of my life;

Thou'll be my guide on this angry sea.

If ferociously vice pursues me,

If in my pains death harasses me,

Help me, and drive away my woes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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José Rizal (19 juni 1861 - 30 december 1896)

Portret door Fabian Dela Rosa, 1902

 

 

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter en schrijver Friedrich Huch werd geboren op 19 juni 1873 in Braunschweig. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2007.

 

Uit: Pitt und Fox

 

„Pitt - so nannte Philipp Sintrup sein Spiegelbild, wie er es als kleines Kind zum erstenmal erblickte und mit dem Finger berührte. Die Familie heftete den Namen an ihn, und mit einer Art von Folgerichtigkeit ward nun sein jüngerer Bruder nur noch Fox gerufen. Pitt war es gleichgültig, wie er hieß. Fox dagegen wehrte sich gegen den ihm aufgehängten Namen, ohne daß er ihn vertreiben konnte. So behauptete er denn, als er in das Alter kam, wo man moderne Weltgeschichte lernt, ein Nachkomme des großen, bekannten Fox wäre sein Pate, und seinen gewaltigen Reichtum werde er einmal erben.

Schon früh begann Fox Großes von sich zu erzählen. Er stellte sich als den Helden von selbsterfundenen Geschichten hin, die er Märchen nannte, die aber außer ihrer Unmöglichkeit nichts Märchenhaftes an sich hatten, sondern der allernächsten Umgebung entnommen waren und nur in einem Tone vorgetragen wurden, der Grausen erregen sollte. - Der grauäugige, etwas hochgeschossene Pitt hörte sie mit gelangweilten Augen an, und wenn Fox geendet, erzählte er mit gleichmäßiger Stimme: ihm sei Ähnliches begegnet, nur sei alles umgekehrt gewesen; vor seinen Feinden habe er, anstatt sie anzugreifen, sich versteckt, indem er sich bewegungslos gegen den Zaun drückte, so daß sie ihn für einen Holzpfahl hielten. Während unter seines Bruders Tritten die dicksten Brückenbalken krachten, genügte ihm ein Strohhalm, sich seinen Verfolgern über das Wasser hin zu entziehen. Unter diesen befanden sich ganz unbesehen seine nächsten Verwandten, seine eigenen Eltern. Herr Sintrup zog an ihrer Spitze, und Frau Sintrup, Pitts Mutter, sonnte sich im Eingang einer Höhle, ohne sich zu bewegen, so daß er nicht an ihr vorbei konnte, um sich ein für allemal zurückzuziehen.“

 

 

 

 

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Friedrich Huch (19 juni 1873 – 12 mei 1913)

Braunschweig (Geen portret beschikbaar)

 

 

 

 

 

De Duitse schrijver en pastor Gustav Schwab werd geboren op 19 juni 1792 in Stuttgart. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 juni 2007.

 

Uit: Sagen des klassischen Altertums

 

Auf herrlichen Säulen erbaut stand die Königsburg des Sonnengottes, von blitzendem Gold und glühendem Karfunkel schimmernd; den obersten Giebel umschloss blendendes Elfenbein, gedoppelte Türen strahlten in Silberglanz, darauf in erhabener Arbeit die schönsten Wundergeschichten zu schauen waren. In diesen Palast trat Phaethon, der Sohn des Sonnengottes Helios, und verlangte den Vater zu sprechen. Doch stellte er sich nur von ferne hin, denn in der Nähe war das strahlende Licht nicht zu ertragen. Der Vater Helios, von Purpurgewand umhüllt, saß auf seinem fürstlichen Stuhle, der mit gänzenden Smaragden besetzt war; zu seiner Rechten und zu seiner Linken stand sein Gefolge geordnet, der Tag, der Monat, das Jahr, die Jahrhunderte und die Horen; der jugendliche Lenz mit seinem Blütenkranze, der Sommer mit Ährengewinden bekränzt, der Herbst mit einem Füllhorn voll Trauben, der eisige Winter mit schneeweißen Haaren. Helios, in ihrer Mitte sitzend, wurde mit seinem allschauenden Auge bald den Jüngling gewahr, der über so viele Wunder staunte. »Was ist der Grund deiner Wallfahrt«, sprach er, »was führt dich in den Palast deines göttlichen Vaters, mein Sohn?«

 

 

 

 

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Gustav Schwab (19 juni 1792 – 4 november 1850)

 

 

 

 

Onafhankelijk van geboortedata:

 

 

De Duitse dichteres Karin Fellner werd geboren 1970 in München, waar zij nog steeds woont. Zij studeerde psychologie in Konstanz en literatuurwetenschappen in München. Zij vertaalt en werkt als zelfstandig lectrice. In 2005 verscheen haar bundel »avantgarde des schocks« en in 2007 »in belichteten wänden«.

 

 

verschnittenes gras: du tastest

 

verschnittenes gras: du tastest

es ab in der brust, ein grünes

gefühl, prüfst die haltbarkeit

von wiesen, hunger nach

 

gärten beauty beyond

production aus rotem klee,

das süße ende der halme

im mund ein kühles

 

versprechen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Karin Fellner (München, 1970)

 

 

 

 

De Duitse dichteres Claudia Gabler werd in 1970 geboren in Lörrach. Zij bezocht de kunstnijverheidsschool in Basel en studeerde theaterwetenschappen en communicatiewetenschappen in Berlijn. Zij is werkzaam in redacties en persafdelingen. Werk van haar verscheen in tijdschriften en bloemlezingen. In 2008 verscheen haar bundel Die kleinen Raubtiere unter ihrem Pelz.

 

 

mal wieder ein Stadtplan ohne Wirklichkeitsmomente

 

mal wieder ein Stadtplan ohne Wirklichkeitsmomente.

ich zog Kreise um den Bahnhof, an dem unser

 

ungleichzeitiges Timing abprallte wie unser Winken.

das Image wurde später eingefroren, auch

 

die gleichförmigen Krusten der Teigtaschen auf

den Stoffbezügen der Sitze. es gab seit Tagen nur

 

aufgetaute Wraps und geschlossene Pubs. hitzebeständig

behielten wir unsere Pullover an, um das Bild

 

vom Kennenlernen aufrechtzuerhalten, ließen wir

die Sitze oben bis zum nächsten präventiv

 

angelegten Streitgespräch. alles wirkte in diesen schlecht

ausgeleuchteten Bussen und Städten

 

wie ein Arrangement unter Freunden, die ganz zufällig

die gleichen Interessen hatten.

 

Körperkontakt war eine ganz gute Konsequenz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Claudia Gabler (Lörrach, 1970)

 

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter Marius Hulpe werd geboren in 1982 in Soest, Westfalen. Hij woonde en studeerde in Berlijn en sinds 2006 studeert hij creatief schrijven en cultuurjournalistiek in Hildesheim. Hij is medewerker aan het literatuurtijdschrift Am Erker en redacteur bij lit.07. In 2008 verscheen zijn bundel Wiederbelebung der Lämmer.

 

 

sonnenaufgänge an neuköllner schulen

 

liebliche reihen am zaun, am spitzen

& nicht lebensungefährlichen geländer,

ihr fangt ihn tagtäglich ein, den stummen

hass des asphalts, die wut in der luft,

die schneidende stille im herzen der straße:

ihr fangt das erste wort, den blick, den atem

ein: hier wird nicht mehr viel gehen,

hier wird wahrscheinlich bald gesprengt:

ihr wusstet's. das geländer? wozu. & wer

muss sich schon noch da hinein . . . ja wer

will verpassen, was kommt. wer

hätte nicht lust, zu sehen. welche angst.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marius Hulpe (Soest, 1982)