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Everybody Talks about the Weather... We Don't The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof

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ISBN-10: 1583228314

ISBN-13: 9781583228319

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ulrike Meinhof, Karin Bauer, Elfriede Jelinek, Luise Von Flotow, Bettina R�hl

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No other figure embodies revolutionary politics, radical chic, and the promises and failures of the New Left quite like Ulrike Meinhof (1934-76). In the 1960s, she was known in Europe as a journalist and public intellectual, leading an exciting life in Hamburg's high society with her publisher husband and twin daughters. Ten years later, Meinhof gave up her bourgeois existence to form, with Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, the Red Army Faction (RAF). Also called the Baader-Meinhof Gang, the group was notorious for its politically motivated acts of violence, including bombings, kidnappings, bank robberies, and shootouts with police.What impels someone to abandon middle-class privilege for the sake of revolution? Meinhof, who spent the 1960s writing a column for the popular leftist magazine konkret, began to see the world in increasingly stark terms: the United States was emerging as an unstoppable superpower and Germany appeared to be run by former Nazis. Never before translated into English, Meinhof's 1960s columns published in konkret show a woman in transition, reflecting upon the major political events and social currents of her time. An essay by Karin Bauer contextualizes Meinhof's writings and mesmerizing life story within the political developments of the German Left. Bauer also explores Meinhof's afterlife and asks why Meinhof's ghost still haunts us today.A relentless critic of her mother and of the Left, author and journalist Bettina Rohl, one of Meinhof's daughters, contributes an afterword that aims to tear down Meinhof's iconic status. Noting the increasingly desperate tone of Meinhof's writing, Nobel Prize Laureate Elfriede Jelinek reflects in her foreword on Germany'smissed opportunity to learn from Meinhof's writings. Ulrike Meinhof (1934 -1976) was one of the most influential thinkers of the German Left in the 1960s, known primarily through her columns in the magazine, konkret. She became an internationally known fugitive when she aided in the prison escape of Andreas Baader and formed the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang. She was imprisoned in 1972 and found, four years later, hanged in her cell. Karin Bauer is associate professor and chair of the Department of German Studies at McGill University.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.26" wide x 7.50" long x 0.52" tall
Weight: 0.594

Elfriede Jelinek was born on October 20, 1946 in M�rzzuschlag, Styria, Austria. She is an Austrian playwright and novelist. Jelinek was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. Jelinek started writing poetry at a young age. She made her literary debut with the collection Lisas Schatten (Lisa's Shadow) in 1967 and received her first literary prize in 1969. Female sexuality, its abuse, and the battle of the sexes in general are prominent topics in her work. Her works include: Wir sind Lockv�gel, Baby! (We are Decoys, Baby!), Die Liebhaberinnen (Women as Lovers) and Die Klavierspielerin (The Piano Teacher). That last novel was the basis for the 2001 Austrian film of the same name, The Piano Teacher, directed by Michael Haneke and starring French actress Isabelle Huppert. When awarded the Nobel prize in 2004, Jelinek was criticized for not accepting the prize in person; instead, a video message was presented at the ceremony. Jelinek revealed that she suffers from agoraphobia and social phobia, so she was more comfortable accepting via video. Jelinek was also awarded many other prizes for her literature. These include: Georg B�chner Prize, 1998; Franz Kafka Prize, 2004; and the German M�lheimer Dramatikerpreis award three times, 2004, 2009 and 2011.

Ulrike Marie Meinhof: a preface
In Search of Ulrike Meinhof: an introduction
Columns by Ulrike Meinhof
Shadows of the Summit Pointing West (1960)
New German Ghetto Show (1960)
A Man with Good Manners: A Day in Court with Karl Wolff (1964)
On the Topic of July 20 (1964)
Dresden (1965)
Hitler Within You (1961)
Human Dignity is Violable (1962)
Deutschland Deutschland among Other Things: Fifteen Years of the Constitution (1964)
Germany without Kennedy (1963)
Vietnam and Germany (1966)
Three Friends of Israel (1967)
Under Visa Duress (1968)
Open Letter to Farah Diba (1967)
Jurgen Bartsch and Society (1968)
Everybody Talks about the Weather (1969)
False Consciousness (1968)
Women in the SDS: Acting on Their Own Behalf (1968)
Water Cannons: Against Women, Too (1968)
File Number XY: Dissolved (1968)
Napalm and Pudding (1967)
Counter-Violence (1968)
From Protest to Resistance (1968)
Setting Fire to Department Stores (1968)
Columnism (1968)
Icon of the Left, Propagandist, and Communist: an afterword
Biographical Notes