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by Jonathan Carr

Author: Jonathan Carr
Subcategory: Music
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (2007)
Pages: 384 pages
Category: Photo and Art
Rating: 4.3
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The Saga of Germany’s Most. Illustrious and Infamous Family.

The Saga of Germany’s Most.

An Economist Best Book of 2007, Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan proves, with the sweeping scope of a Wagnerian opera, that the history of Europe and that of the infamous composer’s family are inextricably intertwined.

As Carr puts it, "like a killer whale, antisemitism rears up and sinks from view in the Wagner family saga, but it is rarely far away".

deserves its place on the groaning shelf, beside the various histories of Bayreuth, and biographies of the Wagners. will enjoy THE WAGNER CLAN'S deftly woven narrative and its wider perspectives of 20th century Germany.

The Wagner Clan book. Drawn from extensive interviews with members of the family, Jonathan Carr presents a portrait of the Wagners and their circle.

For other people named Jonathan Carr, see Jonathan Carr (disambiguation) Works.

For other people named Jonathan Carr, see Jonathan Carr (disambiguation). Jonathan Carr (1942–2008) was a British journalist and author, who lived and worked primarily in Germany He worked as a correspondent in turns for Reuters, Radio Free Europe, The Economist, The Financial Times, and again for The Economist Works. Helmut Schmidt: Helmsman of Germany.

Carr accurately describes Chamberlain as the family spin-doctor

As contenders came and went, I tried to keep pace on a large sheet of paper, and by 1945 I needed another. Carr accurately describes Chamberlain as the family spin-doctor. He helped Cosima to clean up Wagner's image with a sanitised biography, while she burned incriminating letters from Nietzsche and her first husband, Hans von Bulow. The Wagner archive is a saga in itself, with some bits sold off by impecunious descendants, some going up in smoke with Hitler, some buried in the garden at Bayreuth as the Americans advanced.

In The Wagner Clan, a lively and wry retelling of the story, Jonathan Carr has chosen a still larger canvas. Certainly, Wagner’s career was shaped by the political convulsions that preceded German unification in 1871. The Wagner tale, he writes, is a matchless mirror of Germany’s convulsive rise, fearful fall and resurrection over nearly 200 years. His involvement in a failed revolt in Dresden in 1849, for instance, forced him into exile in Switzerland for 11 years. He abandoned his revolutionary views when King Ludwig II of Bavaria became his patron.

An Economist Best Book of 2007, Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan proves, with the sweeping scope . In this his last book, Jonathan Carr (1942-2008), the biographer of Helmut Schmidt and Gustav Mahler, has written a brilliant collective biography of the Wagner family

An Economist Best Book of 2007, Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan proves, with the sweeping scope of a Wagnerian opera, that the history of Europe and that of th. .In this his last book, Jonathan Carr (1942-2008), the biographer of Helmut Schmidt and Gustav Mahler, has written a brilliant collective biography of the Wagner family. He tells the story of Richard Wagner's extraordinary music and of his family's fights over the ownership and control of the Bayreuth music festival. Wagner backed the 1848 revolutions, but had failed to learn from the 1789 French Revolution which, as Carr points out, "gave a mighty boost to the cause of Jewish emancipation.

Read "The Wagner Clan The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family" by Jonathan Carr .