Living on the Edge of Time
By (author) Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
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In 1926 by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Book DescriptionIt was not 1066 or 1588 or 1945, yet 1926 was the year A.A. Milne published "Winnie-the-Pooh" and Alfred Hitchcock released his first successful film, "The Lodger". A set of modern masters was at work - Jorge Luis Borges, Babe Ruth, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein and Martin Heidegger - while factory workers, secretaries, engineers, architects, and Argentine cattle-ranchers were performing their daily tasks. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht explores the realities of the day such as bars, boxing, movie palaces, elevators, automobiles, airplanes, hair gel, bullfighting, film stardom, dance crazes, and the surprise reappearance of King Tut after a 3000-year absence. From the vantage points of Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York, Gumbrecht ranges widely through the worlds of Spain, Italy, France, and Latin America. The reader is allowed multiple itineraries, following various routes from one topic to another and ultimately becoming immersed in the activities, entertainments, and thought patterns of the citizens of 1926. We learn what it is to be an ugly American in Paris by experiencing the first mass influx of American tourists into Europe. We visit assembly lines which turned men into machines. We relive a celebrated boxing match and see how Jack Dempsey was beaten yet walked away with the hearts of the fans. We hear the voice of Adolf Hitler condemning tight pants on young men. Gumbrecht conveys these fragments of history as a living network of new sensibilities, evoking another era.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674000551
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guerard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.
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