Comedy in a Minor Key

Comedy in a Minor Key

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation—and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners—Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, ...

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429980241

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation—and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners—Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications." Published to celebrate Keilson's hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key—and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback—will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.
Categories: Fiction

Comedy in a Minor Key

Comedy in a Minor Key

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation - and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners - Comedy in a Minor Keytells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, ...

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1921844078

Category: Dead

Page: 104

View: 273

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation - and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners - Comedy in a Minor Keytells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best- deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring 'the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications.' Published to celebrate Keilson's hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key- and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback - will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.
Categories: Dead

The Minor Keys

The Minor Keys

In a half-forgotten jazz club, the lives and dreams of its inhabitants intersect, intertwine and collide.

Author: David Belke

Publisher: Newest Press

ISBN: 1896300197

Category: Drama

Page: 94

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In a half-forgotten jazz club, the lives and dreams of its inhabitants intersect, intertwine and collide. A wistful jazz-inspired comedy about minor key people in a minor key world, and how even the smallest of lives can find their hearts' desire.
Categories: Drama

Life Goes On

Life Goes On

It is the story of Herr Seldersen—a Jewish store owner modeled on Keilson's father, a textile merchant and decorated World War I veteran—along with his wife and son, Albrecht, and the troubles they encounter as the German economy ...

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429947763

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Published when the author was just twenty-three, Life Goes On was Hans Keilson's literary debut, an extraordinary autobiographical novel that paints a dark yet illuminating portrait of Germany between the world wars. It is the story of Herr Seldersen—a Jewish store owner modeled on Keilson's father, a textile merchant and decorated World War I veteran—along with his wife and son, Albrecht, and the troubles they encounter as the German economy collapses and politics turn rancid. The book was banned by the Nazis in 1934. Shortly afterward, following his editor's advice, Keilson emigrated to the Netherlands, where he would spend the rest of his life. Life Goes On is an essential volume for readers of Keilson's later work. At the age of one hundred, with his one copy of the first edition of Life Goes On in hand, Keilson told The New York Times that he would love to see his first novel reissued, and translated as well. "Then you would have my whole biography," he told them. He died at the age of one hundred and one.
Categories: Fiction

The Death of the Adversary

The Death of the Adversary

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary" whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany.

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429979948

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 411

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary" whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler's gathering menace but also in its hero's desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists. A psychological fable as wry and haunting as Badenheim 1939, The Death of the Adversary is a lost classic of modern fiction.
Categories: Fiction

1944 Diary

1944 Diary

For readers familiar with Keilson’s novels as well as those new to his work, this diary is an incomparable spiritual X-ray of the mind and heart behind the art: a record of survival and creativity in what Keilson called “the most ...

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374713898

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 826

[1944 Diary] is a deeply personal account, made even more remarkable that it was written during World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust . . . A moving and fascinating read." —Library Journal In 2010, FSG published two novels by the German- Jewish writer Hans Keilson: Comedy in a Minor Key—written in 1944 while Keilson was in hiding in the Netherlands, first published in German in 1947, and never before in English—and The Death of the Adversary, begun in 1944 and published in 1959, also in German. With their Chekhovian sympathy for perpetrators and bystanders as well as for victims and resisters, Keilson’s novels were, as Francine Prose said on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, “masterpieces” by “a genius” on her list of “the world’s very greatest writers.” Keilson was one hundred years old, alive and well and able to enjoy his belated fame. 1944 Diary, rediscovered among Keilson’s papers shortly after his death, covers nine months he spent in hiding in Delft with members of a Dutch resistance group, having an affair with a younger Jewish woman in hiding a few blocks away and striving to make a moral and artistic life for himself as the war and the Holocaust raged around him. For readers familiar with Keilson’s novels as well as those new to his work, this diary is an incomparable spiritual X-ray of the mind and heart behind the art: a record of survival and creativity in what Keilson called “the most critical year of my life.” Offering further insight into Keilson are the sonnets he wrote for his lover, Hanna Sanders, which appear in translation at the back of this volume.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Drama Survey

Drama Survey

li The comedy of farcical mime presents itself again when the Captain , playing
the blustering warrior , draws his sword in a paroxysm of rage and rushes at Alice
, but ... The resultant comedy is in minor key , appealing to a sense of justice and
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015012869056

Category: Drama

Page:

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Categories: Drama

The Viennese Minor Key Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Mozart

The Viennese Minor Key Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Mozart

This work has focused on communication, rhetoric (music as an oration in tones),
comedy and entertainment, and has largely set itself against the alleged
anachronism of “Romantic/Modernist” perspectives of a previous generation of ...

Author: Matthew Riley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199349685

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 341

In late eighteenth-century Vienna and the surrounding Habsburg territories, over 50 minor-key symphonies by at least 11 composers were written. These include some of the best-known works of the symphonic repertoire, such as Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony and Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. The driving energy, intense pathos and restlessness of these compositions demand close attention and participation from the listener, and pose urgent questions about meaning and interpretation. In response to these questions, The Viennese Minor-Key Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Mozart combines historical perspectives with recent developments in music analysis to shed new light on this distinctive part of the repertoire. Through an intertextual, analytical approach, author Matthew Riley treats the minor-key symphony as a subgenre of several strands, reconstructing the compositional world it occupied. His work enables signals to be understood, puts characteristic strategies in clear relief, and ultimately reveals the significance this music held for both composers and listeners of the time. Riley gives us a fresh picture of the familiar masterpieces of Haydn and Mozart, while also focusing on lesser known composers.
Categories: Music

Sequential Traumatization in Children

Sequential Traumatization in Children

A clinical and statistical follow-up study on the fate of Jewish war orphans from The Netherlands.

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Gefen Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106019546966

Category: History

Page: 463

View: 613

A clinical and statistical follow-up study on the fate of Jewish war orphans from The Netherlands.
Categories: History

The Comedy of Manners from Sheridan to Maugham

The Comedy of Manners from Sheridan to Maugham

Our first picture of society and its manners is to be found in The Masqueraders (
1894 ) , in which it is cast , however , in the minor key of intellectualized
melodrama and romance , not in the sparkling major of comedy . The second act ,
in which ...

Author: Newell Wheeler Sawyer

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105044951825

Category: Comedies of manners, English

Page: 275

View: 531

Categories: Comedies of manners, English

The Happy End of Comedy

The Happy End of Comedy

Characters ignorant of who they are hold the key to many happy endings that are
held up until someone arrives to ... take place but in its stead other seemingly
irrevocable transactions are made that repeat in a minor key the crucial acts of
the ...

Author: Zvi Jagendorf

Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press

ISBN: UOM:39015010840166

Category: Closure (Rhetoric)

Page: 177

View: 778

The Happy End of Comedy is an analysis of the most necessary of all comic conventions -- the happy ending. The book begins by assuming that the study of the ways three major playwrights brought their works to a close will reveal much about their conception of the artifice of theater and comedy and about their sense of human experience, which informs this artifice. Happy End is thus both a study of the uses and variations on a convention and a definition of each playwright's comic ethos. -- from book jacket.
Categories: Closure (Rhetoric)

The Death of the Adversary

The Death of the Adversary

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary" whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany.

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0099560593

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 377

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary" whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is never stated outright that our narrator is Jewish, nor that his adversary is Adolf Hitler, though there can be no mistaking either fact. It shows the minutiae of fear, anger, denial and perseverance that accompany life under the shadow tyranny. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler's gathering menace but also in its hero's desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists. The Death of the Adversary is a lost classic of modern fiction
Categories: Fiction

Winter Comedy

Winter Comedy

The girl sang the song which Peter had demanded; a tragic little tune in a minor
key that suited her husky voice. Peter watched her with an air of mildly lustful
amusement which Caroline had seen so often on the faces of elderly men at
musical ...

Author: Sylvia Thompson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B245245

Category: English literature

Page: 349

View: 362

Categories: English literature

Discussions of Shakespeare s Romantic Comedy

Discussions of Shakespeare s Romantic Comedy

... the dance goes on , the pulsing lilting rhythm does not flag . But the melody
modulates into a minor key to be touched with a wistful sadness . The fair faces
grow pensive , as for an instant there passes over them the shadow of their
mortality .

Author: Herbert Weil

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105010116452

Category: Drama

Page: 142

View: 371

Categories: Drama

The Influence of Folk drama Upon Shakespearian Comedy

The Influence of Folk drama Upon Shakespearian Comedy

Because of its place in the action , the wooing scene which appears between
Beatrice and Benedick is in a far more minor key than the audience expected it to
be . Both are reluctant to confess anything , but the unhappiness of the moment ...

Author: William Barry Thorne

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89010952992

Category: Folk drama, English

Page: 672

View: 124

Categories: Folk drama, English

There Stands My House

There Stands My House

The first English-language translation of the memoirs of Hans Keilson, one of Europe's most masterful and remarkable writersIn this unique work, which was composed in the 1990s and only recently rediscovered, Keilson brings back a bygone ...

Author: Hans Keilson

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781921844614

Category: Australia

Page: 120

View: 879

The first English-language translation of the memoirs of Hans Keilson, one of Europe's most masterful and remarkable writersIn this unique work, which was composed in the 1990s and only recently rediscovered, Keilson brings back a bygone era in snapshots from a life spanning one hundred years. The external stations of this life his youth in Brandenburg, his student and the fast life in Berlin, his exile in Holland, his survival in hiding, and the loss of his parents are framed by economic crisis, anti-Semitism, and war, but also by friendship, music, and hope. Hand Keilson reveals these themes in gentle, quizzical reflections and fragments,, producing and unforgettable portrait of his time.The memoir is followed by a beguiling conversation about Keilson's one hundred years of living and writing. It provides an incomparable insight into the man who The New York Times recently hailed as 'one of the world's very greatest writers'.PRAISE FOR KANS KEILSON'the author lets us peer into his soul.'The Boston Globe'Hans Keilson is a genius.'The New York Times
Categories: Australia

Thirteen Plays

Thirteen Plays

What comedy there is in Chekhov is in a very minor key indeed , at most arch and
acid , very rarely hearty . Trofimoff , for example , is an undoubted fool , and yet
he is made the spokesman of genuine values : the blessings of work and love .

Author: Otto Reinert

Publisher: Scott Foresman & Company

ISBN: IND:39000002557267

Category: Drama

Page: 762

View: 833

Brief analyses accompany plays by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Strindberg, Pirandello, Miller, Beckett, Pinter, Albee, and Baraka.
Categories: Drama

Demian

Demian

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author: Hermann Hesse

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101590560

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 434

A powerful new translation of Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse’s masterpiece of youthful rebellion—with a foreword and cover art by James Franco A Penguin Classic A young man awakens to selfhood and to a world of possibilities beyond the conventions of his upbringing in Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse’s beloved novel Demian. Emil Sinclair is a quiet boy drawn into a forbidden yet seductive realm of petty crime and defiance. His guide is his precocious, mysterious classmate Max Demian, who provokes in Emil a search for self-discovery and spiritual fulfillment. A brilliant psychological portrait, Demian is given new life in this translation, which together with James Franco’s personal and inspiring foreword will bring a new generation to Hesse’s widely influential coming-of-age novel. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Categories: Fiction

Moli re s Comedy ballets

Moli  re s Comedy ballets

by stepwise bass motion and by immediate continuation to a stronger cadence
on F. This key is then immediately ... plays further on tonal ambiguousness from
its outset , since it can be understood at first as being in either For in D minor ( ex
.

Author: Stephen Harlan Fleck

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:X53312

Category: Ballet

Page: 658

View: 817

Categories: Ballet

Postmodern Fiction in Europe and the Americas

Postmodern Fiction in Europe and the Americas

The new aesthetic could thus very reasonably be thought of as one of
retrenchment in the direction of social realism in a minor key , its comedy not so
much , as in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries , symptomatic of the need
for mediation ...

Author: Theo d' Haen

Publisher: Amsterdam : Rodopi ; Antwerpen : Restant

ISBN: UOM:39015017010870

Category: American fiction

Page: 208

View: 973

Categories: American fiction