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Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times

Anne C Heller



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  • 144 sidor
  • 2015
Part of James Atlas's Icons series, a biography of one of the leading intellectuals in postwar America, and the author of the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem. Hannah Arendt (1906-75) was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men even in her chain-smoking, highly productive middle age. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitariansim, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans understand the meaning of fascism and the attempted destruction of the Jewish people. She was extolled by her peers as a visionary and criticized, even denounced, as a poseur, especially following the publication of her most famous book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, in which she depicted the Nazi trainmaster Adolf Eichmann not as a monster but as a self-seeking bureaucrat incapable of moral thought. After the revelation in the 1990s that she had been the lover of the great Romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger in the 1920s, she and her work have been more fiercely debated than ever before. Margarethe von Trotta's prize-winning 2013 film reimagining Arendt's attendance at the Eichmann trial has added fuel to the fire. Anne Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her proud if hidden sense, beginning in a tumultuous childhood, of being what in the 1943 essay "We Refugees" she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who don't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to win acceptance.
  • Författare: Anne C Heller
  • Format: Inbunden
  • ISBN: 9780544456198
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Antal sidor: 144
  • Utgivningsdatum: 2015-08-01
  • Förlag: New Harvest