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Non-Fiction

Hitler e il potere dell’estetica

  • Author: Frederic Spotts
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 480
  • Price: 33.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-036-8
  • Size: cm 15.5 x 23
  • Illustrations: 80 b/w
  • Finish: Arcoprint edizioni

Countless books have been written on Adolf Hitler. When CBS announced its intention of producing a film on his youth years ago, the almost unanimous chorus of protest that ensued can be summarised as saying: “We know who he was and what he did. What else is there to know?”

Frederic Spotts offers an completely unprecedented view of Hitler and the Third Reich in a surprising examination of the Führer’s aims and huge machinery he built up around him. The key role of culture in his vision of the Arian super state has seldom been addressed. It was not the end to which power should aspire but a means to obtain it.

From the spectacular mass rallies in Nuremberg to the imposing architectural works, from the musical festivals and his tormented relationship with Wagner to the policies of cleansing, from his own watercolours to the dream of opening an enormous art gallery in Linz: the artist manqué thus succeeded in expressing his talent by mesmerizing Germany and most of Europe. The only enemy that Hitler would not have imprisoned once the fighting was over but “left living comfortably in a fortress with permission to write his memoirs and paint” was Winston Churchill, the British officer who painted the ruins of a village during the Great War while Hitler immortalized a church on the other side of the river.

Carl Burckhardt, the commissioner of the League of Nations in Danzig, who met the Führer twice in 1939 was therefore probably right to suggest that the dictator had a split personality: “the rather gentle artist” on the one hand and “the homicidal maniac” on the other. For obvious reasons, writers have concentrated on the homicidal maniac for over fifty years now. While in no way wishing to ignore the second Hitler, Spotts addresses the first.

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Frederic Spotts, an American writer born in 1943, is the author of four other books on European politics and culture. His Bayreuth. A History of the Wagner Festival (Yale University Press, 1996) is now regarded as an indispensable classic on the subject. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics was written while he was visiting scholar at Berkeley.

Introduzione

Prefazione

Fonti

Ringraziamenti

Il dittatore riluttante 1. L’esteta boemo 2. Una filosofia della cultura 3. Il grande paradosso

Un leader ad arte 4. L’artista nel ruolo di politico 5. Il politico nel ruolo di artista

L’artista della distruzione 6. La nuova Germania e il nuovo tedesco 7. La purificazione attraverso la morte

Il pittore mancato 8. L’acquerellista in lotta 9. Falsari e collezionisti

Il dittatore dell’arte 10. Il nemico modernista 11. Il fallimento del realismo nazionalsocialista 12. Il collezionista d’arte

Il wagneriano perfetto 13. Il Wagner di Hitler o l’Hitler di Wagner? 14. «Il Führer della Repubblica di Bayreuth»

Il maestro di musica 15. Il ratto di Euterpe 16. Il mecenate della musica 17. Direttori d’orchestra e compositori

Il costruttore 18. L’immortalità attraverso l’architettura 19. Architettura politica 20. Rimodellare la Germania 21. Estetica e trasporti

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