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On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany

Author(s): Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an unconventional book appeared in Germany which ignited a firestorm of cultural debate. Decried by many as the work of a dangerous mind, it was defended by the more discerning as an intrepid appraisal of the illness of our times. But despite all its defenders, both the book and its creator were cast into the shadows of unofficial censorship.

Here for the first time is the full English translation of this controversial and eminently important work of cultural criticism by groundbreaking film director Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Syberberg, whose films include the radically innovative Requiem for a Virgin King and the monumental Hitler: A Film from Germany, turns his uncompromising creative vision to the poverty and paralysis besetting contemporary European culture.

Broad in its knowledge, deep in its passion, relentlessly keen in its insight, Syberberg’s On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany is one of the most profound meditations on the culture, society and politics of modern Germany and the West.

  • Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s study of German culture from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany, is as complex and challenging as his films.
    David Yorkshire,
  • This book is a call for a return to origins, to nature, and the rural basis of life; the suppressed foundation of “blood and soil,” for an ecology that nobody of the Green-Left could comprehend let alone write. It is a valuable contribution to the conservative-revolution that shows the anti-capitalist character intrinsic to any such revolt, and the conservative character of anything genuinely revolutionary.
    Kerry Bolton, ThermidorThermidor
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