Στην Katia Pringsheim | Γράμματα του Thomas Mann, 1904

Katia Pringsheim

Στην Κάτια
(Τέλος Αυγούστου 1904)

...Κουτή; Αν θέλεις. Είσαι ένα τόσο απόλυτα μαγευτικό πλάσμα, Κάτια μου, που απ' όσα αφορά εμένα θα μπορούσες να είσαι «λίγο κουτή.»
Το ότι δεν είσαι, αυτό εσύ η ίδια το ξέρεις καλύτερα απο κάθε άλλον. Αλλά αν  λέγοντας «κουτή» εννοείς το αντίθετο του «έξυπνου»
(και υποθέτω ότι αυτό εννοείς), τότε με κάθε τρόπο να είσαι. Είμαι  κι εγώ κουτός με τον ίδιο τρόπο και είμαι ευχαριστημένος που είμαι.
Γιατί  η «εξυπνάδα» είναι κάτι  το βαθύτατα αποκρουστικό. Ο «έξυπνος» περιορίζει τον εαυτό του στο να τρώει δύο φραντζολάκια τη μέρα,
ζει προσεκτικά, αγαπάει προσεκτικά, και είναι πολύ προσεκτικός για να συνδέσει αποφασιστικά τη ζωή του με την αγάπη του.
Κάθε τί το αφελές, το ευγενές, και αφοσιωμένο είναι «κουτό», κάθε άφοβη αφοσίωση σε αυτή τη γη.
  Ας είμαστε «κουτοί», - Katia μου!


Franz von Lenbach, Portrait of Katia Pringsheim as a child, 1892


Στην Κάτια
(Μέσα Μαΐου 1904)

...έχω πλήρη συνείδηση ότι δεν είμαι το είδος του ανθρώπου πού είναι δυνατόν να προκαλέσει ξεκάθαρα και απλά συναισθήματα.
Προσθέτω σήμερα ότι αυτό δεν το θεωρώ σαν μια αντίρρηση ακριβώς που θα μπορούσε να είχε κανείς ως προς τον εαυτό μου.
Το να υποβάλει κανείς ανάμικτα συναισθήματα, «αβεβαιότητα», είναι στο κάτω κάτω, αν θα μου το συγχωρούσες αυτό, ένα γνώρισμα
προσωπικότητας. Αυτός που ποτέ δεν ξυπνάει αμφιβολίες, ποτέ δεν προκαλεί την ανησυχητική έκπληξη, ποτέ, sit venia verbo,
δεν υποκινεί το άγγιγμα του τρόμου, ο άνθρωπος που είναι πάντα αξιαγάπητος, είναι ένας ανόητος, ένα φάντασμα, ένα γελοίο πρόσωπο.
Δεν έχω φιλοδοξίες προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση --

Γράμματα του Thomas Mann
μτφ: Νανά Ησαΐα

Thomas Mann and Katia Mann, 1920


Katia and Thomas Mann were married for 50 years from 1905 to 1955 when Thomas died.
Katia proudly tells of the fact that they were separated only for one day during those 50 years.

Born in Germany, the Manns were exiled to the United States during WWII, and returned to
Europe after the war, settling in Kilchberg near Zurich. Katia (née Pringsheim) was a witness
to all his writing and guarded him from interruptions through the years. She was a well
educated, bright and cheerful woman, and mother of six gifted children – Erika, Klaus,
Golo, Monika, Elisabeth and Michael.


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Phases of the Moon | Paul Delvaux (1939-1942)

Paul Delvaux, Phases of the Moon, 1939


"My overriding passion was the books of Jules Verne. […] I was completely fascinated by
 the engraving of Riou showing Otto Lidenbrock the wise geologist from Journey to the
 Centre of the Earth. I reproduced this for the first time in 1939 in the Phases de la Lune I."

Paul Delvaux
Carels, Guy and Charles van Deun, Paul Delvaux: his life, (Saint-Idesbald, Belgium: Paul Delvaux Foundation, 2004) 32. ↩︎

*
The man in the back leading the nude women á la the Pied Piper is Delvaux himself.

Paul Delvaux, Phases of the Moon III., 1942
Paul Delvaux, Phases of the Moon II, 1941


Protection / Strategy / Egalitarian | Thoughts on boxing | Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela 


I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it.  I was intrigued by how one moved one's body to protect oneself, 
how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced onself over a match.  

Boxing is egalitarian.  In the ring, rank, age, color, and wealth are irrelevant . . . I never did any real fighting after I entered politics.  
My main interest was in training; I found the rigorous exercise to be an excellent outlet for tension and stress. 


Bob Gosani, Nelson Mandela boxing with professional boxer Jerry Moloi on a roof top in Johannesburg, 1953


After a strenuous workout, I felt both mentally and physically lighter.  It was a way of losing myself in something that was not the
struggle. After an evening's workout I would wake up the next morning feeling strong and refreshed, ready to take up the fight again.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994




Although I had boxed a bit at Fort Hare, it was not until I had lived in Johannesburg that I took up the sport in earnest. 
I was never an outstanding boxer. I was in the heavyweight division, and I had neither enough power to compensate for 
my lack of speed nor enough speed to make up for my lack of power.  

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994


Nelson Mandela, 1952                                                         Nelson Mandela


“I grew up knowing that my father was a boxer. We always had those pictures at home of him shadow boxing and I knew
the gymwhere he used to go and practice and spar and so on. When he came out of prison, he was already a grown man
and he couldn’t go back to the sport but we used to go boxing bouts together.”

 Zindsi Mandela


Nelson Mandela (third from left), Deputy President of the African National Congress meets with 
boxers from the United States who have helped in the struggle against Apartheid. 
From left to right are : Mike Tyson, US boxer; Jose Sulaiman, President, World Boxing Council; 
Nelson Mandela; Sugar Ray Leonard, US boxer, Mayor David Dinkins of New York City; Joe
 Frazier, US boxer. 1990


“So I had the pleasure of going to Nelson Mandela’s home and having dinner with his family and his grandkids. I knocked on the door 
and he answered the door. He says, ‘Hello Sugar, how are you doing?’ He then added, “One thing I don’t tolerate, is people being late.’
 I started sweating. It was puzzling, because I was about half and hour early. He then said, ‘My photographer should have been here a
long time ago!”

“Sugar” Ray Leonard (boxer)


Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali


"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope;
 hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be
 impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, 
physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brothers' keeper and that 
our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr.Mandela is that he was a 
man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic
 injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.
 His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through 
the heavens. He is now forever free."

Muhammad Ali's Statement On Nelson Mandela's Death, 2013


Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali


Spirit of Place | Lawrence Durrell, 1969

 Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel, 1969                                                                                                                                       Lawrence Durrell


"My books are always about living in places, not just rushing through them.... the important determinant of any culture is after all -- the spirit of place."

“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. 'I am watching you -- are you watching yourself in me?' Most travelers hurry too much...the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly -- but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling...you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there.”


Lawrence Durrell, Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel, Mediterranean Writings, 1969   


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Flick Review < Eyes Without a Face / Les Yeux Sans Visage | Georges Franju, 1960



















































































Les Yeux Sans Visage, 1960
Directed by Georges Franju
Novel: Jean Redon
Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel 
Adaptation:  Pierre Boileau / Thomas Narcejac 
Dialogue: Pierre Gascar
Cinematography: Eugen Schüfftan  (as Eugen Shuftan) 
Editing: Gilbert Natot


Eyes Without a Face / Les Yeux Sans Visage | Georges Franju, 1959


Maurice Jarre, Thème Romantique,  Les Yeux Sans Visage, 1960

Edith Scob in Eyes Without a Face, 1960
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