There are still a few days left in German Literature Month IV. Lots of time left to participate. There are many great posts, reading through them is much like a fine class in German literature at a top academy. Take your Ipad with you and read them while you have a treat from Mendl's, relaxing in the lobby of The Grand Budapest Hotel, circa 1932.
Works I have so far read for German Literature Month 2014
1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
2. Gertrude by Hermann Hesse
3. "Diary of a School Boy" by Robert Walser (no post)
4. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
5. Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig 1925
6. Life Goes On by Hans Keilson
7. Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson
8. "The Wall" by Jurek Becker
9. "Romeo" by Jurek Becker
10. "The Invisible City" by Jurek Becker.
11. Wittgenstein's Nephew by Thomas Bernhard
12. "Dostoevsky's Idiot" by Robert Walser
13. "French Newspapers" by Robert Wasler
14. Jakob the Lier by Jurek Becker
15. The Trial by Franz Kafka 1915,
16. "The Seamstress" by Rainer Maria Rilke 1894
17. "The Experiement or the Victory of Children" by Unica Zürn 1950
18. "The Star Above the Forest" by Stefan Zweig. 1924
19. "Saint Cecilia or the Power of Music" by Heinrich von Kleist 1810
20. Amok by Stefan Zweig 1923
21. Concrete 1982
22. "Kleist in Thun" by Robert Walser 1913
23. "Incident at Lake Geneva" by Stefan Zweig (1924)
24. "The Governess" by Stefan Zweig 1927
25. "The Sandman" by E. T. A. Hoffmann 1817
26. "The Secrets of the Princess of Kagran" by Ingeborg Bachmann 1971
27. "Twilight" by Stefan Zweig 1928
28. "The Lunatic" by Georg Heym 1913
29. "Dissection" by Georg Heym 1913 - no post
30. "Blackbird" by Robert Musil
31. "The Kiss" by Robert Walser 1914. - no post
32. "The Suspect" by Jurek Becker. 1980
33. "A Favorite Family Story" by Jurek Becker 1982
34. "Moonbeam Alley" by Stefan Zweig. 1928
35. "Flower Days". By Robert Walser, 1911, no post.
Yesterday I saw The Grand Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, inspired by the work of Stefan Zweig.
I want to be transported back to 1932 and move into The Grand Budapest Hotel! I love this movie, everything about it was great. Lovers of the fiction of Zweig will luxuriate in the visual wonders of this world. Interspersed in my post on a tale of an encounter in a seedy back alley brothel in Marseilles will be some images from the movie.
As "Moonbeam Alley" opens a man has an unexpectedly long lay over in a French port city. He decides to pass the time by going for a long walk. He wanders into the very seediest parts of town, a section of brothels and bars replete with many scary seeming persons. He goes into a brothel pretending to be a bar. The plot is conventional melodrama. One of the hookers was once the wife of a wealthy man who drove her away with his cheapness. He is now reduced to a back alley bum still obsessed with a woman who does all she can to hurt and humiliate him.
The story closes with the two men walking back to the hotel of the man on the layover, during which time tale of the hooker and the once wealthy man is told.
If you have seen the movie, what was your reaction?
Mel von ü