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Silences of Hammerstein: A German Story - SB-The German List (Paperback)

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Paperback 402 Pages / Published: 24/03/2017
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The Silences of Hammerstein, the latest work from one of Germany's most significant contemporary authors, engages readers with a blend of a documentary, collage, narration and fictional interviews. The gripping plot revolves around the experiences of real-life German General Kurt von Hammerstein and his wife and children. A member of an old military family, a brilliant staff officer, and the last commander of the German army before Hitler seized power, Hammerstein, who died in 1943 before Hitler's defeat, was nevertheless an idiosyncratic character. Too old to be a resister, he retained an independence of mind that was shared by his children: three of his daughters joined the Communist Party, and two of his sons risked their lives in the July 1944 Plot against Hitler and were subsequently on the run till the end of the war. Hammerstein never criticized his children for their activities, and he maintained contacts with the Communists himself and foresaw the disastrous end of Hitler's dictatorship. In The Silences of Hammerstein, Hans Magnus Enzensberger offers a brilliant and unorthodox account of the military milieu whose acquiescence to Nazism consolidated Hitler's power and of the heroic few who refused to share in the spoils.

Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
ISBN: 9780857424464
Number of pages: 402
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 204 x 127 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I found Hans Magnus Enzensberger's The Silences of Hammerstein a virtuoso combination of research, reportage and imagination, as good an introduction as any to the Weimar Republic, impossible to put down."--Eric Hobsbawm "The Guardian "
"In writing about Hammerstein, Enzensberger is not just telling the story of a man, or of that man's remarkable family. He is investigating the moral value of intransigence--the combination of principle, arrogance, and willfulness that prevented Hammerstein from falling into line with Nazism, when so many of his fellow officers did. For this reason, Enzensberger eschews the usual conventions of biography: the book proceeds in short narrative sections, often out of chronological order, interspersed with documents and passages of analysis and rumination. There are even imaginary, posthumous interviews with people Enzensberger is writing about, in which he can speculate on their true motives. Indeed, the book's idiosyncratic power comes from the fact that it is not just a work of history, but a record of the author's struggle to understand and judge that history.--New York Review of Books--Adam Kirsch
"The Silences of Hammerstein is a book only a poet could have written. Form is just as important as content here. Enzensberger moves forward and backward in time, describes events out of context, and returns again and again to the gaps in the historical record. What emerges is a brilliant and horrifying representation of chaos."--New Republic "The Book" blog--Aaron Their "New Republic "The Book" blog "
-I found Hans Magnus Enzensberger's The Silences of Hammerstein a virtuoso combination of research, reportage and imagination, as good an introduction as any to the Weimar Republic, impossible to put down.---Eric Hobsbawm -The Guardian -
-In writing about Hammerstein, Enzensberger is not just telling the story of a man, or of that man's remarkable family. He is investigating the moral value of intransigence--the combination of principle, arrogance, and willfulness that prevented Hammerstein from falling into line with Nazism, when so many of his fellow officers did. For this reason, Enzensberger eschews the usual conventions of biography: the book proceeds in short narrative sections, often out of chronological order, interspersed with documents and passages of analysis and rumination. There are even imaginary, posthumous interviews with people Enzensberger is writing about, in which he can speculate on their true motives. Indeed, the book's idiosyncratic power comes from the fact that it is not just a work of history, but a record of the author's struggle to understand and judge that history.--New York Review of Books--Adam Kirsch
-The Silences of Hammerstein is a book only a poet could have written. Form is just as important as content here. Enzensberger moves forward and backward in time, describes events out of context, and returns again and again to the gaps in the historical record. What emerges is a brilliant and horrifying representation of chaos.---New Republic -The Book- blog--Aaron Their -New Republic -The Book- blog -

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