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REPRESSION OF WRITERS, JOURNALISTS & ARTISTS, HOLOCAUST, WAR

· Expositie Charlotte Salomon in Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam · Robert Desnos: Faire part · Turkey: release imprisoned journalists and other media workers · Earthly Signs. Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922 by Marina Tsvetaeva · Masha Gessen: The Future is History = winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction · Gaëlle Nohant: Légende d’un dormeur éveillé ( Histoire du poète Robert Desnos) · fleursdumal.nl art & literature magazine – 10 years (2007-2017) · The Last Revolution – Nexus-conferentie 2017 · Peace Prize 2017 of the German Book Trade to Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood · Robert Desnos: Porte du second infini. À Antonin Artaud · Exhibition: Soul of a Nation, Art in the Age of Black Power, until October 22 in Tate Modern · Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

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Expositie Charlotte Salomon in Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam

Het Joods Historisch Museum markeert het honderdste geboortejaar van kunstenares Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) met een bijzondere tentoonstelling gewijd aan haar artistieke nalatenschap: het kunstwerk Leven? of Theater?

 

Charlotte Salomon was 22 jaar toen ze in december 1938 vanuit Berlijn als vluchteling bij haar grootouders in Zuid-Frankrijk aankwam. Toen bij het uitbreken van de Tweede Wereldoorlog haar grootmoeder zelfmoord pleegde, begon Charlotte aan een ‘totaal waanzinnig project’ om mentaal te overleven. In vele honderden gouaches herschiep ze haar leven als een geschilderd theaterstuk. Charlotte Salomon werd in 1943 in Auschwitz vermoord.

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog vonden haar vader en zijn vrouw Leven? of Theater? in Zuid-Frankrijk. Zij schonken het in 1971 aan het Joods Historisch Museum. De afgelopen decennia reisden delen van het werk langs musea wereldwijd. Salomons levenswerk heeft altijd intense reacties opgeroepen bij het publiek en inspireerde kunstenaars, filmers, schrijvers en choreografen tot eigen creaties. Het Joods Historisch Museum toont nu voor het eerst het werk in zijn totaal – ruim 800 gouaches.

 

Charlotte Salomon;
Leven? of theater?
Nog t/m 25 maart 2018

Joods Historisch Museum en JHM Kindermuseum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL Amsterdam

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Robert Desnos: Faire part

 

Faire part

Sur le pont du navire la couturière fait le point
couturière taille-moi un grand paon de mercure
je fais ce soir ma dernière communion
La dernière hirondelle fait l’automne
D’entre les becs de gaz blêmes
Se lève une figure sans signification.
Statues de verre flacon simulacre de l’amour
Vient la fameuse dame
Facteur de soustraction
avec une lettre pour moi
Mon cher Desnos Mon cher Desnos
Je vous donne rendez-vous
dans quelques jours
On vous préviendra
Vous mettrez votre habit d’outre monde
Et tout le monde sera bien content.

Robert Desnos
(1900 – 1945)
Faire part

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Turkey: release imprisoned journalists and other media workers

Turkey now jails more journalists than any other country. One third of all imprisoned journalists in the world are being held in Turkish prisons, the vast majority waiting to be brought to trial.

  

Journalists and media workers from all strands of opposition media have been targeted in an unprecedented crackdown since the violent coup attempt in July 2016.

Coupled with the closure of more than 160 media outlets, the message is clear and disturbing: the space for dissent is ever-shrinking and speaking out comes at an immeasurable cost.

This crackdown must end. Act now to demand media freedom in Turkey.

Journalists and other media workers must be freed from pre-trial detention. A free media is an essential component of any functioning, pluralist society.

They must be allowed to do their job, because journalism is not a crime.

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Earthly Signs. Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922 by Marina Tsvetaeva

A moving collection of autobiographical essays from a Russian poet and refugee of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Marina Tsvetaeva ranks with Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak as one of Russia’s greatest twentieth-century poets. Her suicide at the age of forty-eight was the tragic culmination of a life buffeted by political upheaval.

The essays collected in this volume are based on diaries she kept during the turbulent years of the Revolution and Civil War.

In them she records conversations of women in the markets, soldiers and peasants on the train traveling from the Crimea to Moscow in October 1917, fighting in the streets of Moscow, a frantic scramble with co-workers to dig frozen potatoes out of a cellar, and poetry readings organized by a newly minted Soviet bohemia.

Alone in Moscow with two small children, no income, and a missing husband, Tsvetaeva struggled to feed her daughters (one of whom died of malnutrition in an orphanage), find employment in the Soviet bureaucracy, and keep writing poetry. Her keen and ruthless eye observes with compassion and humor—bringing the social, economic, and cultural chaos of the period to life. These autobiographical writings not only give a vivid eyewitness account of Russian history but provide vital insights into the workings of Tsvetaeva’s unique poetics.

Includes black and white photographs.

Earthly Signs
Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922
By Marina Tsvetaeva
Translated by Jamey Gambrell
Poetry
Paperback
Dec 05, 2017
288 Pages
Paperback
$17.95
Published by NYRB Classics
ISBN 9781681371627

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Masha Gessen: The Future is History = winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction

The visionary journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times.

In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own—as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

Masha Gessen’s previous books include The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy and the national best seller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. She has immigrated to the United States twice—once, as a teenager, from the Soviet Union and again, more than thirty years later, from Putin’s Russia. She lives in New York City.

Masha Gessen
The Future Is History
How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Hardcover
October 2017
528 Pages
ISBN 9781594634536
Published by Riverhead Books

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Gaëlle Nohant: Légende d’un dormeur éveillé ( Histoire du poète Robert Desnos)

Robert Desnos a vécu mille vies – écrivain, critique de cinéma, chroniqueur radio, résistant de la première heure –, sans jamais se départir de sa soif de liberté.

Pour raconter l’histoire extraordinaire de ce dormeur éveillé, Gaëlle Nohant épouse ses pas ; comme si elle avait écouté les battements de son cœur, s’était assise aux terrasses des cafés en compagnie d’Éluard ou de García Lorca, avait tressailli aux anathèmes d’André Breton, fumé l’opium avec Yvonne George, et dansé sur des rythmes endiablés au Bal Blomet aux côtés de Kiki et de Jean-Louis Barrault. S’identifiant à Youki, son grand amour, la romancière accompagne Desnos jusqu’au bout de la nuit.

Légende d’un dormeur éveillé révèle le héros irrésistible derrière le poète et ressuscite une époque incandescente et tumultueuse, des années folles à l’Occupation.

Gaëlle Nohant: Née à Paris en 1973, Gaëlle Nohant vit aujourd’hui à Lyon. Légende d’un dormeur éveillé est son troisième roman après L’Ancre des rêves (prix Encre Marine, 2007) et La Part des flammes (prix France Bleu/Page des libraires, 2015 et prix du Livre de Poche, 2016).

Gaëlle Nohant
Légende d’un dormeur éveillé
Roman
544 pages
23€
Paru le 17 août 2017
Illustration de couverture © Letizia Goffi
Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson
ISBN : 978-2-35087-419-7

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The Last Revolution – Nexus-conferentie 2017

De Jasmijnrevolutie, de Egyptische Revolutie, Euromaidan: het is nu moeilijk voor te stellen dat de Russische Revolutie, precies een eeuw geleden, beloofde de laatste revolutie te zijn.

Ondanks bolsjewistisch optimisme en dromen van gelijkheid bracht zij evengoed, net als andere opstanden, een angstaanjagende vernietiging van vrijheid, waarden en waarheid.

Revoluties bleven volgen.

Vragen over mens en maatschappij blijven onopgelost. Vanwaar revoluties? Welke machten bevrijden en welke onderdrukken?

Wat leren we uit het feit dat de Franse Revolutie eindigde in een bloedbad, de Russische Revolutie verwerd tot totalitarisme, maar de Amerikaanse Revolutie succesvol was?

Op zaterdag 18 november brengt Nexus gezaghebbende denkers, politici, wetenschappers en ideologen van over de hele wereld bijeen voor een gezamenlijke zoektocht naar antwoorden, ideeën en argumenten.

Wat voor vrijheidsbeweging wacht de 21e eeuw? En wie zijn de individuen die tegen gevestigde machten in durven denken, die wel in opstand komen? Waar halen zij die kracht vandaan? Wat zal de ware laatste revolutie zijn?

Deelnemers

Antony Blinken – diplomaat en strateeg van Clinton en Obama

Aleksandr Dugin – politiek filosoof en adviseur van Poetin

William Fallon – oud-bevelhebber Amerikaanse strijdkrachtenDeelnemers

Sjeik Rached Ghannouchi – toppoliticus en leider Tunesische revolutie

Aileen Kelly – expert Russische intellectuele geschiedenis

Pankaj Mishra – essayist en romancier

Moisés Naím – Venezolaans staatsman en politiek filosoof

Nelofer Pazira – Afghaans-Canadees filmmaker en schrijver

Shaha Riza – Arabisch activist

Dominique de Villepin – Frans staatsman en diplomaat

Leon Wieseltier – publiek intellectueel

Michael Žantovský – diplomaat, vertaler, woordvoerder en vriend van Václav Havel

Zhang Weiwei – filosoof van China als belangrijkste supermacht

Conferentie
The Last Revolution
Nexus-conferentie 2017
Zaterdag 18 november 2017
9.30 — 16.00 uur
Nationale Opera & Ballet
Amsterdam

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Peace Prize 2017 of the German Book Trade to Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood

The Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has chosen the Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood to be the recipient of this year’s Peace Prize.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, the final day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the Church of St. Paul in Frankfurt am Main. The ceremony will be broadcast live on German public television. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of €25,000.

In her wide range of novels, essays and volumes of poetry, Canadian author Margaret Atwood has demonstrated a keen political intuition and a deeply perceptive ability to detect dangerous and underlying developments and tendencies.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa on November 18, 1939 and spent the first part of her childhood in the forests of northern Quebec, where her father conducted research as an entomologist. During this time, she and her older brother and younger sister were taught at home by their mother. In 1946, when her father took up a position at the University of Toronto, Atwood began attending regular school for the first time. From 1957 to 1962, she studied English and literature at universities in Toronto and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1963, she got her professional life underway at a market research company, and in 1964, she began working as a professor of literature at various universities.

Atwood started publishing her first poems (see »The Circle Game«) in the early 1960s in what she referred to as a »private printing press«. She then continued to make an increasingly respected name for herself throughout the 1970s with a number of further volumes of poetry. It was at this time in her career that she began to focus on writing novels. Today, she is considered the most important and most successful author in Canada. Her work, which comprises novels, short stories, essays, poetry, stage plays, screenplays and children’s books, has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Atwood achieved far-reaching national and international recognition with the publication of her first work of literary criticism, »Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature« (1972), in which she examined the role of Canadian literature and literary history with tremendous wit and concision. She followed that up with her first two novels, »The Edible Woman« (1969) and »Surfacing« (1972), in which she explored the perception of women’s role in modern Canada.

In 1985, Atwood published »The Handmaid’s Tale«, a dystopian novel in the tradition of George Orwell. The novel depicts a totalitarian society in which women are meticulously oppressed and used as birth machines. By taking up certain social tendencies of her day and following their logic to its latent conclusion, Atwood was able to create a novel of timeless relevance. The Handmaid’s Tale brought her to the peak of her already impressive literary career, and in 1989, German director Volker Schlöndorff even directed a film version. Today, precisely due to its enduring topicality, the novel is back on bestseller lists and experiencing a renaissance in American society under Donald Trump.

After »Cat’s Eye« (1988), which explores the childhood and friendship of two women in post-war Canada, and »The Robber Bride« (1993), in which she examines women’s darker side, Atwood published »Alias Grace« (1996), a historical fiction about a mysterious girl sentenced to life in prison for murder in the mid 19th century. After »The Blind Assassin« (2000), a broad portrait of Canadian society in the 20th century that garnered her the Booker Prize for Fiction, she shifted her focus to themes of ecological devastation and dangerous social tendencies in the post-apocalyptic worlds of her end-of-times trilogy »Oryx und Crake« (2003), »The Year of the Flood« (2009) and »MaddAddam« (2013). Known today for being an author and an environmental activist, Atwood coined the term »speculative fiction« to describe her work, although nothing she describes in her novels is pure invention. She takes a similar approach in her socially critical work »Payback. Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth« (2008), a collection of lectures in which she examines the preconditions and consequences of the global financial crisis. Drawing on facts from cultural history, literature and linguistics, she spotlights the concept of economic and moral guilt found in the economic disaster.

In the past several years, Atwood had rounded out her literary oeuvre with a number of works, including »Scribbler Moon«, a novel that will be published no sooner than 2114 as part of the Future Library Project. She also published »The Tent« (2006) and »Stone Mattress« (2014), as well as the novels »The Heart Goes Last« (2015) and »Hag-Seed« (2016). In addition to writing, Atwood continues to be active both politically and socially. In Germany, the latest product of her efforts is a volume of collected essays translated into German and set for publication in November 2017; »Aus Neugier und Leidenschaft« presents the cosmos of Margaret Atwood, including reviews, travel reports, writings on ecological themes and short stories. In May 2017, Atwood joined Salman Rushdie at the head of a campaign to garner support and higher levels of attention for authors suffering persecution and censorship. The campaign involves more than 200 writers and artists belonging to PEN International.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with her second husband, the writer Graeme Gibson. Toronto is also the home of the Margaret Atwood Society, an organization dedicated to international scholarship and discourse on her work, for which she has received several honorary doctor titles.

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Robert Desnos: Porte du second infini. À Antonin Artaud

Porte du second infini
À Antonin Artaud

L’encrier périscope me guette au tournant
mon porte-plume rentre dans sa coquille
La feuille de papier déploie ses grandes ailes blanches
Avant peu ses deux serres
m’arracheront les yeux
Je verrai que du feu mon corps
feu mon corps !
Vous eûtes l’occasion de le voir en grand appareil
le jour de tous les ridicules
Les femmes mirent leurs bijoux dans leur bouche
comme Démosthène
Mais je suis inventeur d’un téléphone de
verre de Bohême et de
tabac anglais
en relation directe
avec la peur !

Robert Desnos (1900 – 1945)
Porte du second infini
À Antonin Artaud
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Exhibition: Soul of a Nation, Art in the Age of Black Power, until October 22 in Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history

The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations.

Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. Their momentum makes for an electrifying visual journey. Vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collage, photography, revolutionary clothing designs and sculptures made with Black hair, melted records, and tights – the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times.

Some engage with legendary figures from the period, with paintings in homage to political leaders Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, musician John Coltrane and sporting hero Jack Johnson. Muhammad Ali appears in Andy Warhol’s famous painting.

This landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.

Book of the exhibtion:
Soul of a Nation
Art in the Age of Black Power
Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, Zoé Whitley. Contributions by Linda Goode Bryant, Susan E. Cahan, David Driskell, Edmund Barry Gaither, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Samella Lewis.
Hbk, 8.5 x 10 in.
256 pgs
203 color – 33 bw.
9/26/2017
ISBN 9781942884170
$39.95

In the period of radical change that was 1963–83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans?

Soul of a Nation surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists, including Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams, Howardena Pindell, Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Senga Nengudi, Noah Purifoy, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Charles White and Frank Bowling.

The book features substantial essays from Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, writing on abstraction and figuration, respectively. It also explores the art-historical and social contexts with subjects ranging from black feminism, AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups to the role of museums in the debates of the period and visual art’s relation to the Black Arts Movement. Over 170 artworks by these and many other artists of the era are illustrated in full color.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first use of the term “black power” by student activist Stokely Carmichael; it will also be 50 years since the US Supreme Court overturned the prohibition of interracial marriage. At this turning point in the reassessment of African American art history, Soul of a Nation is a vital contribution to this timely subject.

Exhibition
Soul of a Nation:
Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
Until 22 October 2017

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African American art in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers
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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War.

Homage to Catalonia is Orwell’s personal account of his observations in the Spanish Civil War. The book was first published in the United Kingdom in 1938.

In 1936, originally intending merely to report on the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, George Orwell found himself embroiled as a participant—as a member of the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unity.

Fighting against the Fascists, he described in painfully vivid and occasionally comic detail life in the trenches—with a “democratic army” composed of men with no ranks, no titles, and often no weapons—and his near fatal wounding. As the politics became tangled, Orwell was pulled into a heartbreaking conflict between his own personal ideals and the complicated realities of political power struggles.

Considered one of the finest works by a man V. S. Pritchett called “the wintry conscience of a generation,” Homage to Catalonia is both Orwell’s memoir of his experiences at the front and his tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. This edition features a new foreword by Adam Hochschild placing the war in greater context and discussing the evolution of Orwell’s views on the Spanish Civil War.

“One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.” — The New Yorker

George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of many works of non-fiction and fiction.

Homage to Catalonia
George Orwell
Penguin Classics
2013
256 Pages
£6.99
Paperback
ISBN10 0141393025
ISBN13 9780141393025

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