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Temple of the scapegoat : opera stories

Author: Alexander Kluge; Isabel Fargo Cole; Donna Stonecipher
Publisher: New York : New Directions Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Combining fact and fiction, each of the one hundred and two tales of Alexander Kluge's Temple of the Scapegoat (dotted with photos of famous operas and their stars) compresses a lifetime of feeling and thought: Kluge is deeply engaged with the opera and an inventive wellspring of narrative notions. The titles of his stories suggest his many turns of mind: "Total Commitment," "Freedom," "Reality Outrivals Theater,"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kluge, Alexander, 1932-
Temple of the scapegoat.
New York : New Directions Publishing, 2018
(DLC) 2017048115
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Kluge; Isabel Fargo Cole; Donna Stonecipher
ISBN: 9780811227483 0811227480
OCLC Number: 992578056
Notes: Translated from the German.
Description: xii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The opera principle --
"In the first act I can't know the awful denouement in the fifth act" --
Fatal vocal force vs. generosity in the opera --
Reality challenges theater for top billing --
"When we were still reptiles, we did not have feelings" --
Blast furnaces of the soul.
Other Titles: Tempel der Sündenbock.
Responsibility: by Alexander Kluge ; translated by Isabel Fargo Cole, Donna Stonecipher & others.

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"Combining fact and fiction, each of the one hundred and two tales of Alexander Kluge's Temple of the Scapegoat (dotted with photos of famous operas and their stars) compresses a lifetime of feeling and thought: Kluge is deeply engaged with the opera and an inventive wellspring of narrative notions. The titles of his stories suggest his many turns of mind: "Total Commitment," "Freedom," "Reality Outrivals Theater," "The Correct Slowing-Down at the Transitional Point Between Terror and an Inkling of Freedom," "A Crucial Character (Among Persons None of Whom Are Who They Think They Are)," and "Deadly Vocal Power vs. Generosity in Opera." An opera, Kluge says, is a blast furnace of the soul, telling of the great singer Leonard Warren who died onstage, having literally sung his heart out. Kluge introduces a Tibetan scholar who realizes that opera "is about comprehension and passion. The two never go together. Passion overwhelms comprehension. Comprehension kills passion. This appears to be the essence of all operas, says Huang Tse-we: she also comes to understand that female roles face the harshest fates. Compared to the mass of soprano victims (out of 86,000 operas, 64,000 end with the death of the soprano), the sacrice of tenors is small (out of 86,000 operas 1,143 tenors are a write-off)." "--

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