By Donald Spoto

ISBN-10: 1461624215

ISBN-13: 9781461624219

Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto brings to lifestyles some of the most incandescent and elusive megastar to grace Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). He has tapped archival fabrics and carried out dozens of interviews to offer a existence tale jam-packed with the most important new information: her hardships and struggles for attractiveness in Nineteen Twenties Berlin; her transformation right into a reveal goddess; her leisure of Allied troops throughout the international struggle II; and her stint as a nightclub singer within the Fifties. Spoto additionally comprises bills of her amorous affairs with Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Eddie Fisher, common George S. Patton, Erich Maria Remarque, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne.

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Kafka avant-garde. Kafka’s first book, Meditation (1912), was published in Leipzig by Ernst Rowohlt, whose publishing house was then taken over by the young and enterprising Kurt Wolff, who specialized in promoting avant-garde writers, especially those from Prague. During his lifetime Kafka published seven small books: Meditation, The Stoker, The Judgement, The Transformation, In the Penal Colony, A Country Doctor: Little Stories, and A Fasting Artist: Four Stories. They brought him modest fame.

He urged his fiancée Felice to exercise as well, and to learn to swim. In his pursuit of healthy living he became a vegetarian (something far more eccentric then than it is now), and even followed a special method of chewing his food known as ‘fletschern’ after its American propagator Horace Fletcher. In the summer of 1912 Kafka spent two weeks at the nudist colony Jungborn in the Harz Mountains in Germany. At Jungborn, nudity was part of a programme of physical and spiritual renewal, with group exercises, lectures on vegetarianism and clothing reform, and open-air Christian religious services.

By now realism has been left behind. The father’s recovery of strength is realistically impossible; the behaviour he ascribes to Georg sounds like a paranoid fantasy; the very existence of the friend in Russia is in doubt; and the death sentence, and its execution, defy belief. Yet the events, as they unfold rapidly, carry absolute conviction. When old resentments suddenly surface, any material, irrespective of its factual truth, will serve to express their emotional passion. We are now in the territory Kafka of Expressionism, the German variant of modernism, which sought not to depict familiar reality but to disrupt it in order to portray forces underlying it through powerful images.

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