Heimat: unreliable memories and ‘living-in-spite-of-everything’

Edgar Reitz For us, this autumn has had something of a German tinge: listening to Neil MacGregor’s Memories of a Nation radio series, seeing the Anselm Kiefer retrospective. Then there were Germany’s November anniversaries, including the quarter-century since the Wall came down.  Meanwhile, I’ve been reading the last two episodes in David Downing’s espionage thriller series – each book the title … Continue reading Heimat: unreliable memories and ‘living-in-spite-of-everything’

Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum

Flag of the German Confederation, 1850 After listening to Neil MacGregor’s outstanding radio series, Germany: Memories of a Nation, a visit to the linked exhibition at the British Museum was considered essential.  But, you might ask, was it worth it, having heard the radio version?  Yes, absolutely.  In the radio programmes, Neil MacGregor focussed on … Continue reading Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum

Ida: faith and politics

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski: Ida leaves the convent Ida is a film by the Polish director, Pawel Pawlikowski, who now works in the UK. Pawlikowski’s quiet, slow-paced film, beautifully shot in monochrome, sets its story against the background of the darkest days in the recent history of his country. There are two central characters, and at first we don’t really … Continue reading Ida: faith and politics