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December (German List)


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Publisher Comments:

In the historic tradition of calendar stories and calendar illustrations, author and film director Alexander Kluge and celebrated visual artist Gerhard Richter have composed December, a collection of thirty-nine stories and thirty-nine snow-swept photographs for the darkest month of the year.
In stories drawn from modern history and the contemporary moment, from mythology, and even from meteorology, Kluge toys as readily with time and space as he does with his characters. In the narrative entry for December 1931, Adolf Hitler avoids a car crash by inches. In another, we relive Greek financial crises. There are stories where time accelerates, and others in which it seems to slow to the pace of falling snow. In Klugeandrsquo;s work, power seems only to erode and decay, never grow, and circumstances always seem to elude human control. When a German commander outside Moscow in December of 1941 remarks, andldquo;We donandrsquo;t need weapons to fight the Russians but a weapon to fight the weather,andrdquo; the futility of his struggle is painfully present.
Accompanied by the ghostly and wintry forest scenes captured in Gerhard Richter's photographs, these stories have an alarming density, one that gives way at unexpected moments to open vistas and narrative clarity. Within these pages, the lessons are perhaps not as comforting as in the old calendar stories, but the subversive moralities are always instructive and perfectly executed.

Praise for Alexander Kluge
andldquo;More than a few of Kluge's many books are essential, brilliant achievements. None are without great interest.andrdquo;andmdash;Susan Sontag
andldquo;Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers.andrdquo;andmdash;W.G. Sebald

About the Author

Alexander Kluge

Table of Contents

1 December 1941

2 December 1991

3 December 1931

4 December 1941

5 December 1942

6 December 1989

7 December 1932

8 December 1941

9 December 1941

10 December 1932

10 December 1941

10 December 1944

10 December 2009

11 December 1944

12 December 2009

13 December 2009

14 December 2009

15 December 2009

16 December 2009

17 December 2009

18 December 1941

19 December 2009

20 December 1832

21 December 1945

22 December 1943

23 December 1943

23 December 1932

24 December 1943

25 December 2009

26 December 2004

27 December 2003

28 December 1989

29 December 21,999 BC

30 December 1940

31 December 2009

Calendars Are Conservative

Product Details

Kluge, Alexander
Seagull Books
Chalmers, Martin
Richter, Gerhard
Continental european
Edition Description:
Seagull Books - The German List
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39 color plates
7.75 x 5.5 in

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