Offenbach and the Paris of His Time Siegfried Kracauer

ISBN: 9780252027468

Published: May 1st 2002

Hardcover

424 pages


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Offenbach and the Paris of His Time  by  Siegfried Kracauer

Offenbach and the Paris of His Time by Siegfried Kracauer
May 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 424 pages | ISBN: 9780252027468 | 10.26 Mb

Siegfried Kracauers biography of the composer Jacques Offenbach is a remarkable work of social and cultural history. First published in German in 1937 and in English translation in 1938, the book uses the life and work of Offenbach as a focal pointMoreSiegfried Kracauers biography of the composer Jacques Offenbach is a remarkable work of social and cultural history.

First published in German in 1937 and in English translation in 1938, the book uses the life and work of Offenbach as a focal point for a broad and penetrating portrayal of Second Empire Paris. Offenbachs immensely popular operettas have long been seen as part of the larger historical amnesia and escapism that pervaded Paris in the aftermath of 1848. But Kracauer insists that Offenbachs productions must be understood as more than glittering distractions.

The fantasy realms of such operettas as La Belle Hélène were as one with the unreality of Napoleon IIIs imperial masquerade, but they also made a mockery of the pomp and pretense surrounding the apparatuses of power. At the same time, Offenbachs dreamworlds were embedded with a layer of utopian content that can be seen as an indictment of the fraudulence and corruption of the times. This edition includes Kracauers preface to the original German edition, translated into English for the first time, and a critical foreword by Gertrud Koch.



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