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review 2017-07-13 17:51
Rezension | Hexensaat von Margaret Atwood
Hexensaat: Roman (German Edition) - Margaret Atwood,Brigitte Heinrich

Beschreibung

 

Felix lebt für das Theater und liebt seine Arbeit als Direktor und Regisseur bei dem Makeshiweg Theater Festival. Mit seine Aufführrugen die durch ihre Ausergewöhnlichkeit bestechen, zählt Felix zu den Stars der Theaterszene. Demnächst möchte er mit „Der Sturm“ ein Stück von Shakespeare auf die Bühne bringen, mit dem er gleichzeitig einen privaten Schicksalsschlag zu verarbeiten hofft. Durch seine rechte Hand Tony kann sich Felix rein auf die kreative Schaffensphase konzentrieren und bemerkt dabei die sich langsam anbahnende Katastrophe nicht.

 

Durch eine hinterhältige Intrige wird Felix von seinem Posten enthoben und sein geplantes Stück auf Eis gelegt. Seiner Hoffnung beraubt zieht sich Felix vollkommen von der Gesellschaft zurück und beginnt ein einsames Dasein als Einsiedler. Jahre später bekommt Felix die Gelegenheit Rache an seinem Verräter zu nehmen…

 

Meine Meinung

 

Margaret Atwoods Roman „Hexensaat“ ist bereits das vierte Buch aus der Hogarth Shakespeare Reihe, in der zu Ehren seines 400. Todestages am 23. April 2016 einige seiner Werke im modernen Gewand erstrahlen. Kürzlich habe ich bereits mit „Die störrische Braut“ die neu erzählte Geschichte von Shakespeares „Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung“ gelesen und war von der frischen Komödie begeistert.

Neugierig geworden, habe ich mir mit dem Roman„Hexensaat“ von Margaret Atwood die Adaption von Shakespeares „Der Sturm“ zur Hand genommen. Das Cover passt mit der Farbgestaltung rot und schwarz sehr gut zum düsteren und rachelüsternen Inhalt. Der Titel „Hexensaat“ sowie der Titel des adaptierten Werkes „Der Sturm“ finden sich auf Vorder- und Rückseite des Buchumschlages.

 

"Es war sein Taj Mahal, ein überladenes Mausoleum zu Ehren eines geliebten Schattens, oder eine Urne, die mit Juwelen von unschätzbarem Wert besetzt war und doch nur Asche enthielt." (Seite 25)

 

Zum ersten Mal habe ich nun ein Buch der großartigen Margaret Atwood gelesen und ich kann getrost unterstreichen, dass man sie tatsächlich in die Riege der großen Schriftsteller einreihen kann. Der mitreisende Erzählstil und ihre treffsichere, pointierte Sprache haben mich auf Anhieb für sich eingenommen.

 

In ihrem Roman wird Shakespeares Werk „Der Sturm“ zu einem großen Bestandteil der Handlung, denn die Geschichte des Zauberers Prospero soll als Theaterstück aufgeführt werden und wird somit von allen Blickwinkeln durchleuchtet. Sehr gelungen fand ich die Auswahl des Gefängnisses als Kulisse und Felix einsamen Rückzugsort, der sich als perfektes Pendant zu Prosperos Insel entpuppt. Die Gefängnisinsassen stellen als Theaterschauspieler das passende Werkzeug bereit, um die Themen des Sturms aufzunehmen und in seine Einzelteile zu zerlegen.

 

"Verloren auf hoher See, treibt er hierhin und dorthin. In einem fauligen Wrack, das selbst die Ratten schon verlassen haben." (Seite 172)

 

Im Vordergrund steht zum Einen der fein gezeichnete und egozentrische Theaterregisseur Felix als moderner Prospero und zum Anderen das Theaterstück „Der Sturm“ als gespitzte Waffe für seine Rache. Felix polarisiert als Hauptprotagonist gegenüber den anderen Charakteren stark, so das diese bis zum Ende in seinem Schatten stehen. Leider waren sogar die kreativen und einfallsreichen Gefängnisschauspieler blass und boten nicht genügend Kontrast zu Felix. Star des Romans war für mich eindeutig die intensive Auseinandersetzung mit Shakespeares Werk und die interessanten Einblicke in den Entstehungsprozess eines Theaterstückes.

 

"Man erfährt so viel Zurückweisung, so viele Enttäuschungen, so viele Fehlschläge. Man braucht ein eisernes Herz, eine Haut aus Stahl, die Willenskraft eines Tigers, noch mehr sogar als Frau." (Seite 180)

 

Margaret Atwood ist es hervorragend gelungen sich mit den Kernstücken des Sturms auseinander zu setzen und diese in eine moderne und unterhaltsame Lektüre zu packen. Allerdings empfiehlt es sich die Geschichte und Charaktere aus Shakespeares „Der Sturm“ im Vorfeld zu kennen. Am besten man liest sich dafür die kurze Zusammenfassung am Ende des Romans durch oder hört sich das Hörbuch aus der Reihe „Shakespeare kurz und bündig“ an.

 

"Aber wenn man die Leiter einmal erklommen hat, welchen Nutzen hat sie dann noch? Man tritt sie beiseite, wenn man nicht vorhat, sie wieder hinunterzusteigen." (Seite 221)

 

Fazit

 

Rache, Vergeltung, Liebe und Illusion machen Atwoods Roman zur perfekten Adaption eines Shakespeare Klassikers.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-hexensaat-von-margaret-atwood
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review 2015-04-30 20:49
Interpreting fairy tales and myths
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales - Bruno Bettelheim

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

Bruno Bettelheim

Non-fiction 328 pages

Vintage Books, 1989, 1976

 

If you’ve taken courses on fiction writing or literature, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the hero’s journey. Joseph Campbell introduced this concept in his 1949 work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell, a popularizer of mythology, drew upon themes from Jungian psychology in his structural analysis of hero myths.

 

Child Psychologist, Bruno Bettelheim, while acknowledging Jung’s contributions, used a more Freudian approach in his analysis of fairy tales. Although there’s some degree of similarity between Bettelheim’s later and Campbell’s earlier work, Bettelheim makes no mention of Campbell.

 

Bettelheim is careful to point out, however, that fairy tales are not like myths. They serve different audiences and functions. Myths end in tragedy while fairy tales end happily. Fairy tales allow children to integrate id impulses with their developing egos. Myths, instead, are the voices of the superego. They moralize, while fairy tales allow their hearers to form their own conclusions.

 

Referring to Hercules having to choose between two women, one representing virtue and the other pleasure, Bettelheim says, “The fairy tale never confronts us so directly, or tells us outright how we must choose. Instead, the fairy tale helps children to develop the desire for a higher consciousness through what is implied in the story. The fairy tale convinces through the appeal it makes to our imagination and the attractive outcome of events, which entice us.”

 

He later elaborates, “Myths project an ideal personality acting on the basis of superego demands, while fairy tales depict an ego integration which allows for appropriate satisfaction of id desires. This difference accounts for the contrast between the pervasive pessimism of myths and the essential optimism of fairy tales.” I don’t agree entirely. Star Wars is often cited as an example of the hero’s journey. That movie ended happily rather than in tragedy. While Oedipus is certainly a tragedy, I’m not convinced that all myths must be pessimistic.

 

Bettelheim’s approach is primarily Freudian. As such, his interpretations deal with orality, sexuality, sibling rivalry, and the child’s sense of impotence. Campbell’s myth interpretation draws from the Jungian perspective. As such, it minimizes the importance of id, ego, and superego and emphasizes Jungian personality structures such as self, shadow and anima. Since the passing of Freud and Jung, neuroscience has identified many structures in the brain, however none are identical to those structures named by Jung and Freud. Nonetheless, those elusive structures remain useful for understanding both human personality and literature.

 

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review 2015-01-11 17:28
The Interpretation of Murder
The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld

I have seen this referred to as "the thinking man's historical novel". Perhaps that should be the thinking woman's historical novel. Believe me, any woman will sympathise with Nora, and many will identify with Clara. 

 

It is 1909, and Sigmund Freud arrives in New York aboard the George Washington in the company of Carl Jung and Sandor Ferenczi. Freud is to spend two weeks in the United States, the first week in New York, staying at the Hotel Manhattan, and the second week as the guest of Clark University, where he is to deliver his already famous – not to say notorious – series of lectures.

 

All historical fact, and everything painstakingly researched. Not just the details of life in New York City at that point in time, but Freud's case-histories and the attitudes of his disciples and admirers and his rather more numerous and often fanatical detractors.

He is met off the ship by Abraham Brill, translator of his first book to appear in English, and by Stratham Younger, a physician/psychiatrist representing Clark University, who is our handsome young narrator.

 

Within that small group there are already tensions. Jung, Freud's anointed successor, is pulling away from Freud – Freud sees this as a classic development of the father-son relationship – while Dr Younger himself is far from convinced about the Oedipus Complex, and there are constant musings on his part about Freud's interpretation of Hamlet as jealous of his uncle: that unconsciously he would have liked to murder his father and bed his mother himself. Younger has a different, and interesting, interpretation of "to be or not to be" as to take no action or to take action, "to be" meaning simply to exist without doing anything.

 

All very relevant, because a young woman is tortured and murdered, and that is quickly followed by another one, Nora, being assaulted in an almost identical manner. Nora, who is hardly more than a girl, survives (her attacker was apparently disturbed) but she is severely traumatised. She cannot remember what happened and she has lost the power of speech.

 

Freud is called in to treat her for amnesia and aphasia, but cannot undertake the case as he will not be staying in New York. He asks Younger to undertake it on his behalf.

 

It transpires that Nora's "uncle", a friend of her father's and one of the richest men in the city, may have been the perpetrator. This man, Branwell, has been pursuing Nora since she was fourteen (she is eighteen now) and she has continually repulsed him. Another question that arises is, Did Nora's father exchange his daughter for Branwell's beautiful wife, Clara? Was Nora perhaps jealous of the stunningly beautiful Clara (as Freud would predict)? And is the growing obsession with each other of Nora and Younger simply an example of what Freud called "transference", or are they really falling in love?

 

Another quite different and contrasting character is the New York Detective Jimmy Littlemore. He seems to have been brought in for light relief but turns out to be the hero, a simple and engaging man who to some extent takes over the story from Dr Younger. He could easily be developed into a series – though we would miss Freud! Littlemore's girlfriend works briefly in a sweatshop and we get a glimpse of what life was (and is) like in those places – and understand better such comments as Brill's answer to the rhetorical question "What did all those young men die for at Gettysburg?" (A fairly recent event.) Brill says, "To ensure that all slavery would be wage slavery." Elsewhere in the book ( I cannot find it now) someone remarks that the New York establishment had been against the abolition of slavery – until they realised that it was much cheaper to employ someone on starvation wages than to buy him and keep him fed and clothed and housed.

 

If you like to be made to think while being entertained, this is the book for you: an extremely successful mixture of mystery, thriller, love story, and genuine historical novel.

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review 2015-01-11 02:39
Karen Armstrong is a pathetic attention seeking crap books writer
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions - Karen Armstrong
The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World) - Karen Armstrong
Through the Narrow Gate, Revised: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery - Karen Armstrong
Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World - Karen Armstrong
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths - Karen Armstrong
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis - Karen Armstrong
What's Right with Islam Is What's Right With America: A New Vision for Muslims and the West - Feisal Abdul Rauf,Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a shit books writers. I dislike her bullshit, and dislike her work.

 

So, I kind of ignored her. 

 

What would a pathetic writer like Karen Armstrong get attention? By attacking famous writer and show host.

 

This is what she did by writing this piece of crap. Sam Harris and Bill Maher had opinions on the religious motivated terrorist attack in France. 


And this pathetic little bitch Karen Armstrong twist their words and make it to an attack, comparing what they said to Nazi. 

 

Pathetic. Dislike writer like this. But she is not the only one. 

 

See more her attack on Sam Harris and Bill Maher here. 

 

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/23/karen_armstrong_sam_harris_anti_islam_talk_fills_me_with_despair/

 

This is Bill Maher response to her bullshit.

 

"It is beyond stupid

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/05/its_beyond_stupid_bill_maher_responds_to_berkeley_petition_and_karen_armstrong/

 

"On Karen Armstrong’s remarks that this “the sort of talk that led to concentration camps in Europe. The sorts of things that people were saying about Jews in the 30s and 40s.”

“It doesn’t sting because it’s beyond stupid. Jews weren’t oppressing anybody. There weren’t 5,000 militant Jewish groups. They didn’t do a study of treatment of women around the world and find that Jews were at the bottom of it. There weren’t 10 Jewish countries in the world that were putting gay people to death just for being gay. It’s idiotic.”"

 

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review 2014-06-30 00:00
The Interpretation of Dreams
The Interpretation of Dreams - Sigmund Freud,Joyce Crick,Ritchie Robertson Interesting and informative, but long winded at times.
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