The Wagner Clan: The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 19.01.2009. - 432 страница
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An Economist Best Book of 2007, Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan proves, with the sweeping scope of a Wagnerian opera, that the history of Europe and that of the infamous composer’s family are inextricably intertwined. Carr presents not only Richard Wagner himself— musician, philosopher, philanderer, failed revolutionary, and virulent anti-Semite—but also a colorful cast of historical figures who feature in Wagner’s story: Franz Liszt (whose illegitimate daughter Cosima married Wagner); Friedrich Nietzsche; Arthur Schopenhauer; Richard Strauss; Gustav Mahler; Arturo Toscanini; Joseph Goebbels; Hermann Göring; and the “Wolf ” himself, Adolf Hitler, a passionate fan of the Master’s music and an adopted uncle to Wagner’s grandchildren. Wagner’s British-born daughter-in-law, Winifred, was a close friend of Hitler’s and seemed momentarily positioned to marry him after the death of her husband. All through the war the Bayreuth Festival, begun by the Master himself, was supported by Hitler, who had to fill the audience with fighting men and SS officers. After the war’s devastation, the festival was dark for a decade until Wagner’s offspring—with characteristic ambition and cunning— revived it. The Wagner Clan is a riveting chronicle of the ascent, decline, and rehabilitation of the German nation and its most infamous family.
 

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THE WAGNER CLAN: The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family

Коментар посетиоца странице  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Carr (Mahler, 1997, etc.) captures a vast sweep of European history as he traces the lives of the legendary German composer and his heirs.The term Wagnerian elicits a unique musical image of Teutonic ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Коментар посетиоца странице  - BrianHostad - LibraryThing

Readable and interesting book, especially for someone (like me) with little or no prior knowledge about Wagner and his legacy. The narrative flows well and does a nice job of tying in the story of the ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Jonathan Carr is a former bureau chief of The Financial Times and The Economist, and the author of biographies on Helmut Schmidt and Gustav Mahler.

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