Spring Awakening

Hello! Today I’d like to share a few thoughts about a book I read a few weeks ago: Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind.

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This work is very famous because of his theme, which is, of course, sex. As the title suggests, Spring Awakening is about the awakening of the first sex impulses during the adolescence. Talking about such a theme in 1891 caused the play to be censored or banned. It’s enough to say that he finished writing it in 1891 and could not find its first performance until 1906 (before his first staging the work was considered  “pure pornography”). Today it belongs to the classics of German literature, read in schools and studied in universities.

The plot follows the turmoil of a group of teenagers, in particular of Wendla, Melchior and Moritz. The play opens with an argument between Wendla and her mother about the length of the skirt her mother made her for her birthday. Then she shares with her the thoughts she sometimes has about death. After that we meet Melchior and Moritz, confiding theselves that they are both tormented by sexual dreams. The next scene shows a group of girls, one of which confesses that her father sometimes beats her and that, as it seems, even sexually abuses her.  At the end of the first act, Melchior and Wendla meet in the forest and she, who has never been beaten, asks him to beat her. The curtains close with Melchior violently punching her and getting away. Continua a leggere “Spring Awakening”

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Why do we blog? (A photo story)

The Leipzig Glocal

By Ana Beatriz Ribeiro

_DSC2962 Me and LeipGlo partner Daniel Leon sitting in the audience of the Intercultural Bloggers Cafe as part of the Buchmesse’s Leipzig Liest. Photo by Stefan Hopf.

The phone rang. It was my fellow blogger and friend Jolanta Drywa asking if I wanted to head the first bloggers cafe at Poniatowski. For the Leipziger Buchmesse. I said an excited yes! and, in no time, was standing onstage with Marina presenting other local-based bloggers who would tell us about their blogging, interests and strategies. And making jokes out loud. And hearing nice things from readers in the audience about The Leipzig Glocal, and feeling a warm rush. And hanging out with other members of the LeipGlo team. And drinking beer. And thoroughly enjoying hearing the other bloggers.

But it wasn’t always like this for me.

The idea of social media and blogging was something I had…

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Leipziger Buchmesse 2016

My Leipziger Buchmesse

Hello everyone, it’s book fair here in Leipzig this week and thousands, thousands of events are taking place. I always feel so overwhelmed on these occasions because I always don’t know what I shouldn’t miss AUF KEINEN FALL or if something really cool is happening in the other part of the city while I’m going somewhere else. As I learned living in Germany for more than a year, one just needs organisation.

Last year I had the opportunity of seeing two nobel prize winners in the Albertina Library (Günter Grass in one of his last appearances and Herta Müller, I bought and had signed respectively My Century and The Hunger Angel). I walked through the Moritzbastei’s vaults while many readings where taking place and on Saturday I got really surprised by the Mangacomic, where I spent a significant amount of time (I became quite nerd in the last years). Continua a leggere “My Leipziger Buchmesse”

Hamburg by night, Speicherstadt, Hamburg

My 24 hours in Hamburg

Guten Tag! Today I’d like to share with you a couple of impressions about my 24 hours in Hamburg. ItHamburg, Hamburg by night wasn’t an actual “trip”: my girlfriend was coming to Leipzig and she found out that landing in Hamburg would have been far more cheaper, train included. So we decided to meet there, have a look at the city and then go back to Leipzig on the next day.

Although it was raining, we really enjoyed Hamburg. It is one of those cities referred to as “The Venice of the North” and it actually gave me that kind of impression, like an enormous, urban jungle on the water. Continua a leggere “My 24 hours in Hamburg”

#Literature: Language, immorality and a masterpiece

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Lolita_(film_1997) Scene from the 1997 film adaptation of Nabokov’s “Lolita.” Photo from Wikipedia.

On Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita”

By Maximilian Georg

In his blog post of January 24th, 2016, Christjian Robert Broerse gave us a fascinating report of the reading he had done over the past year. The list includes Nabokov’s “Lolita”, which Christjian says he took up when, in December 2015, he found a copy “stubbornly staring” at him in the Leipziger Städtische Bibliotheken – a “divine intervention”. It may have been due to another intervention of the sort that I, without knowing it, read “Lolita” almost at the same time as Christijan, in January 2016. So I will depict here some of my own thoughts on that remarkable novel.

Why would I want to read about a forty-year old man lusting after a twelve-year old girl?” This is how Christjian, at age eighteen, rejected any engagement with…

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#Literature: Classics to read for every season

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The Year of Re-Reading: Reflections on My Personal Classics Re-visited

By Christijan Robert Broerse

No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading

– Susan Sontag

For a literature reviewer, I am frequently and fairly out-of-touch with the latest trends. I know about them but am not inclined to delve any further. I have heard about Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan Novels, but have no desire to peruse them or pick them up. I haven’t read a single line of Jonathan Franzen and if I had to choose, I would select Tom Perrotta (author of The Leftovers) as my seminal modern author. Frankly, I have no interest in a lot of what is published today. Perhaps this is due to snobbery, laziness or simple distrust of an industry that has turned E. L. James into a multi-millionaire – I mean her trilogy of trite, shite and banality…

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Contradiction, Japanese, Origin, Explanation

Japanese#1 The origin of Contradiction (矛盾)

Hello! This is the first article (hopefully of a series) about a language I really love: Japanese. I started learning it years ago (but only for 6 months) during my Erasmus in Cardiff, but then I had to stop for the lack of time (and possibility, Japanese is not taught everywhere in Italy, well maybe not at that time). In April I found a course at the Language Institute of Leipzig University and I decided to start learning it again and here I am, writing about what fascinates me about this language. Continua a leggere “Japanese#1 The origin of Contradiction (矛盾)”

#Movies: StarWars opens today – where to catch it in English in Leipzig

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The force is strong in Leipzig. StarWars: The Force Awakens, finally in theaters Dec. 17th, will be playing in its original English version – meaning not dubbed in German, but usually with German subtitles, or OmU – at both Passage Kinos and Cineplex this movie week, with various showtimes. Here’s the rundown:

Thu 17.12

Passage Kinos: 15:00, 17:45, 20:45

Fri 18.12

Passage Kinos: 15:00, 17:45, 20:45, 22:15 (no subtitles), 22:45

Sat 19.12

Cineplex: 19:30 (no subtitles)

Passage Kinos: 15:00, 17:45, 20:45, 22:15 (no subtitles), 22:45

Sun 20.12, Mon 21.12, Tue 22.12, Wed 23.12

Passage Kinos: 11:30, 15:00, 17:45, 20:45

For other movies playing in their original languages in Leipzig this movie week, check out our page http://leipglo.com/moviesomu.

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