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I only just started using the app and am finding it helpful enough already to sign up for the free trial which obviously comes with the agreement that you will forget to cancel it, and so therefore are willing to pay the subscription fee. I love how it can pronounce the words for you, you can tap a heart to make a list of favorite words, and it sometimes provides example sentences of the word in use. It might be nice to have a little more disambiguation there, perhaps with some pictures. The app is nothing fancy, but it does just what I need it to do. I will update my review as needed, but so far the app seems great!
Hi Kizzy J, Thank you for taking your time in writing this long and wonderful review. While learning to speak Deutsch, I cannot understate the value of having a tool like this. Yes, I can always go to an online translator, but the flexibility of being able to quickly do a dictionary lookup of specific words while still capable of doing phase translation by switching tabs is amazing. I rate this app at the highest level and use it multiple times every day in my language study. I have been using this translator for around a year now in German class and recreationally and after trying many other sources for my translating needs have decided this is the ultimate app!
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From the phrase book to the efficient dictionary providing not only words but examples of use, articles, and synonyms this app has it all. Thank you so much! O Head, bound in mockery with a crown of thorns! O Head, once beautifully adorned with the highest honor and beauty, yet now supremely defiled: be greeted by me! Recitative T When everything shudders at the last hour, and when a cold death-sweat bathes limbs already stiff, when my tongue cannot speak other than through sighs and this heart breaks: Enough, that faith knows then that Jesus stands with me, He who endured His suffering with patience accompanies me also on this difficult journey and prepares my rest for me.
Ach ruft mich bald, ihr Sterbeglocken, Ich bin zum Sterben unerschrocken, Weil mich mein Jesus wieder weckt. Ah, call me soon, you death-knell, I am unafraid of death, because my Jesus will awaken me again. Er wird nicht kommen ins Gericht Und den Tod ewig schmecken nicht. Recitative and Aria B When one day the trumpets ring out, and when the structure of the world along with the vault of heaven will crumble destroyed, then think of me well, my God; when Your servant stands that day before judgment, where thoughts accuse themselves, then will You alone, O Jesus, be my Advocate and speak comfortingly to my soul: Truly, truly I say to you: Though heaven and earth pass away in fire, yet a believer shall remain forever.
He will not come before judgment and never taste death. Only cling, my child, to Me: I break, with a strong and helping hand, the powerful, imprisoning bond of death. It's not too elaborate, but at the same time very gripping. The author restarted the book when he got diagnosed with a brain tumor. He wrote a blog about his illness and struggle to stay alive which was widely recognised as a very sophisticated read.
So you get two in one if you read both, the book and the blog. Fontane is a great German writer who didn't publish his first novel until he was 58 in He deserves to be better known by English speakers. Thomas Mann in said Fontane's "Effi Briest" belonged to the six most significant novels ever written. Fassbinder filmed it. It is a book, for which Hesse rightly won the Nobel Prize, of startling complexity and unbelievably audacious in concept. A utopian novel set in a society at whose zenith lies the eponymous game.
From what started as a device aimed at teaching students the principles of counterpoint it developed in a literally all-encompassing contest the aim of which is the synthesis the totality of all human knowledge. In some ways it is typical of the bildungsroman of Goethe but Joseph Knecht's lifelong passion isn't for any old Bavarian Fraulein, it is for learning itself. I shall always be in awe of this book. I would recommend both those books.
Judith Hermann writes really beautifully about little fractures in peoples lifes. Perhaps the greatest book by the greatest author of the last twenty years. It is a work of melancholic meta-fiction where the authors meditations on the past mixed in with Michael Hamburgers exquisite pictures of the present leave one in a Proustian world of dreamy remembrance. Quite unlike anything else you will ever read. Magnificen sweeping tale allegorising Nazi germany and the ages old battle between art and war.
The main protagonist lives life from asylum to the madness of the Nazi regime, back to the asylum. The beauty of the prose, the ideas flooding forth, all render this a glorious oiece of fiction. This is such a introspective and existential book that I could not help myself to think over and over again on every sentence that Mann wrote. It tells me. It tells you. It tells everybody. This book is unusual and interesting on a lot of levels. The novel has autobiographical elements and manages to use the difference between Berlin and Istanbul not only in its story but also its style.
Imagine Nights meets the Blechtrommel. It's a bit like that, but totally different Unusual in being a contemporaneous account of daily life in Germany by a secular Jew converted to Protestantism to marry from ''45, the language, intelligence and insight are brilliant. Paradoxically, the tiny, pedantic, terrible details of daily life have the effect of emphasising the potential universality of it all. You are left in no doubt as to the fact that any ordinary people in any ordinary society anywhere can contribute to a society's wrongs, if by nothing else than keeping silent as teeny tiny steps are taken in the wrong direction, one after the other after the other.
Historical fiction that thinks big and small at the same time.
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Equally sharp on the provincial life of the Germany of the time and on the opening up of new geographical and intellectual horizons across the world. The author handles the shifts in perspective extremely well. And it's a fairly gripping read. All in all, a story - or rather, several stories - well told. Brilliant autobiography of a half-German half-Liberian boy growing up in Nazi Germany, facing the prejudices against him because of his skin colour.
At times very sad but also very funny, this book shows an insight into Germany under the Nazis from a completely different perspective from that which you normally see. Sven Regener is the singer of the band Element of Crime. His songs and his novels as well, manage to be sentimental more the songs and funny more the novels at the same time without getting on your nerves. To me it is even more amusing than the first part. The novel tells us about the time that Frank Lehmann is still in Bremen, lives in a flatshare and goes to the Bundeswehr armed forces at the same time.
As the cornerstone of the UK history curriculum along with the Tudors , it's not easy to deal with at 8am every week. You learn to resent the period and have a superfical sense there must have been something wrong with the Germans. I digress, this book is simply the best human perspective I've ever read on Nazi Germany.
It's not only beautifully written and translated, but a really humbling book about making assertions or sterotyping people.
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It really explains why people were persuaded by Nazism, including the authors friends and colleagues. Definitely a great book to read if you want a better understanding and a more enjoyable read than a textbook could give you! Most people hear Hesse and immediately think of Steppenwolf, but this is well worth a look.
Contains a brilliant description of drinking for no particular reason that was strangely resonant at the time I first read this. One of my all time favourites. The exotic adventure tour makes me forget about the world and, ironically enough, I do enter the world of Inkheart. Zusak finds a skillfull way to link the life of individuals to the political current issues of Nazi Germany in a way that engages readers, including those not interested in political issues. I even read it during 25th Revolution here in Egypt, which was very ironic.
Enjoyed it very very much. Great story with morals - read it for german a level. It shows the life of the youth in a district of Leipzig just after the political changes of It transports the atmosphere of the time and also shares the hopes, dreams but also desilluision of the protagonist as he and some of his friends and their families are struggling in the changing setting. In my opinion Meyer has a brilliantly dense style, which makes the book a gem. I enjoyed Faulks' 'Birdsong', but this book is in an altogether different league!
History just repeats itself. You don't believe? Power distorts people. People having power become weak - weak, angry and militant. Truth will be threaten like the few, that tell it. The powerful will win, but everything will be lost. The writing of Christa Wolf is magical and full of clarity at the same time. Literally classical, by form and content. And - for me really crucial - in a short distance. And think. But I have a sneaking suspicion ordinary life was alot like how Hans Fallada describes it.
Tension, pettiness, feeling scared and worried all the time. Surrounded by pompous big mouths repeating empty Nazi slogans and propaganda. Vivid descriptions.
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Every book that really grabs me seems to create the same reaction for me: I can't wait to devour each page, but at the same time, I want to read slowly and stretch out the experience as long as possible. The angst bit mainly meant stepping back from everyone else and sneering at a world I found difficult to be reconciled with.
I could identify with Harry Haller even though the character was written as a middle aged man. It goes far beyond an appeal to the angst filled, as it sat well along side the Camus and Sartre I was reading at the time in philosophical enquiry. With the vast majority of Anglo-American literature of the present time refusing to tackle the big issues of serious love, country, moral choices and more, it was great to discover a book that stands like a cathedral amongst pygmies. It is large in scope, philosophical and contemporary, even though it is set in the Germany of the Second World War and soon after.
There are few books of the recent past that deal so beautifully with unrequited love and commitment to a cause. A splendid work of literature. Every line is an often hilarious explosion. If much is lost in translation what makes it through is more than enough to jar and refresh the reader. Makes Pynchon look like Carver.
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This is Archimboldi's finest novel, even if it is his slimmest. Archimboldi's vision is like no other living writer in its darkness, which reaches levels of misanthropy that Celine would have found shocking, but it is a misanthropy tempered by hope and love and occasionally, if I may be permitted to say so, the soft grasp of affirmative friendship, the kind of friendship one finds only later in life, surrounded by the headstones.
In its breathlessly extending sentences and urgent rhythms Hoelderlin's poetry makes you feel what it would be like to be gathered into a new age of open, loving solidarity and beauty; it also makes you feel the total dejection and brokenness of the failure of that new age to materialize. Hoelderlin is the ultmate utopian romantic poet and a modernist avant la lettre, especially in his intensifying translations of Sophocles and Pindar. Journalism par excellence. Roth walks around and writes about what he sees in Weimar Berlin. Yes, yes, he captures the spirit of the age, as if it needed saying.
Very little fanfare around its arrival but it must count as one of the great works of translation: formally perfect, epic, moving, funny. Read this and you might finally understand what makes it such a great book in German. Constantine is working on The Sorrows of Young Werther, the book that thrilled a generation of young Europeans upon its arrival in print.
Hilf Herr die Welt ist frech, GWV 1134/41 (Graupner, Christoph)
Watch out for it! Germany has, more so than any other country, always punished its most individual and believe it or not genuinely funny authors with neglect and oblivion. Unfortunately, translations may be somewhat hard to come by. Sparse, poignant description; fantastic narrative skill; extremely well contextualised. A collection of diary entries, letters, postcards, personal memories etc. The contributions by ordinary citizens fleeing before the advances of the Red Army, or those of concentration camp inmates on the death marches are absolutely harrowing and an education.
Walter Kempowski collected and arranged all these texts, but added no comments of his own. Kluge is fantastic and should be much better known in English. He mixes fact and fiction in a way that Sebald did. His films are pretty good, too.
A moving and vivid account of life before, during and after re-unification. WIth Schulze, German literature moves on from the traumas of World War Two; instead we experience the trauma that follows the forcible re-joining of Siamese twins, separated long ago. I don't say this book is great but it is memorable. It's a great book of literary fiction, anchored in German history that helps us understand ourselves, but not necessarily an easy read. As one review says: " This is modern writing that is also moral fiction in the sense of John Gardner.
Highly recommended and perhaps too little known. The first "Classical" play by Germany's greatest playwright, about power and its price, hubris, love and the making of choices, and about what they do to the human soul. Breaks your heart with its inevitability and still leaves you with a soaring pride in humanity. Makes blank verse sound like the most natural form of expression imaginable, and the translation by the otherwise strangely obscure R. Boylan is congenial in every respect — a feat in itself. Partly because it's brilliant, and partly because it throws a fascinating light on German cultural life as well as conjuring up a marvellous portrait of the man himself.
This biography looks beyond the prophetic, biblical image of his later years - the traditionalist resisting the assault of the Wagnerians - to rediscover a young, hotheaded, Romantic Brahms, or as Swafford puts it, a Brahms ohne Bart - Brahms behind the beard. One of the best "long-haul" novelists of the 20th century. Up there with Proust, Musil, and Thomas Mann, but a lot more accessible. The book is a meticulous reconstruction of life in Vienna before the 1st world war. This theme is shared with Musil and Joseph Roth, but the texture is much richer. The feeling for time and place it conveys is almost uncanny.
At the same time, a great coming-of-age novel about the book's central character, a Lieutenant Melzer. Written in realist style on the surface, but radical at the core. Great sense of rhythm. The book is a historical satire that spans the end of Weimar Republic to the Nazi era.
In a funny and highly ironic text and it is also a critique towards the general style of books about that time. A boy who refused to grow up but with the mind of an adult. Dark humour even about the cooking of spaghetti. Some chapters read like stand-up comedy but while extremely funny the theme of the book is cruelty. As is all the "Danzig Trilogy" The Flounder by Grass is also a good read but a very fragmented and sometimes confusing book or maybe it is the translation.
On the one hand he stands for the subtle and plain storytelling of the north and on the other hand he thus proposes a great contradiction to the southern blunt stereotype. A wonderful fantasy adventure on the power of the book. It's very funny, it's very sad, and it's a totally convincing portrayal of a young woman with a relatively mild but still debilitating mental illness. The heroine is a young, hipsterish Berliner with a job in TV who starts experiencing serious anxiety, and Kuttner, a TV presenter, describes her experiences without sentimentality and with a sense of humour.
I really loved it and keep hoping she'll write another novel. I genuinely can't understand why it hasn't been translated into English - it seems like a potential big seller in any language. There is already a French translation, and the book is highly deserving of an English one. A really good fun children's book in a fantasy world in which books and reading are the be all and end all of everything in life; plenty of pictures also by Moers, who is originally a cartoonist and did an very definitely adult cartoon series, 'Kleines Arschloch' , plenty of adventure, lots of mystery.
It's a thoroughly entertaining satire of the 'hard-boiled ' detective genre, narrated by a cat.