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Fenny Skaller By John Henry Mackay
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The novel Fenny Skaller is based on the author’s own life and tells the story of a boy-lover becoming aware of his own special kind of love. It was first published in Germany in 1913, but a... More > century later we can still feel in it the force of this love, for it is related by a master storyteller who was at the same time a fighter for his love – and his times were not so different from ours. Banned by the authorities when it was first published and burned by the Nazis, Fenny Skaller is still censored today by those who would try to prevent us from gaining a genuine knowledge of this love, for Mackay’s insights become ours as we read this fascinating page-turner. It is a moving story that grips us by its emotion and convinces by its authenticity.< Less
Moderne Stoffe By John Henry Mackay
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John Henry Mackays Erzählungen „Existenzen” und „Nur eine Kellnerin”, die er unter dem Obertitel Moderne Stoffe. Zwei Berliner Geschichten zusammenfaßte, sind... More > bahnbrechende Werke in der Geschichte des Naturalismus in der Deutschen Literatur, haben jedoch nie die Aufmerksamkeit erfahren, die sie verdienen. Die vorliegende Neuausgabe macht die mitreißenden Texte mehr als ein Jahrhundert nach der Erstveröffentlichung (1888) wieder zugänglich und ermöglicht es dem Leser, sich selbst ein Urteil über die Beobachtungsgabe und das schriftstellerische Talent des damals gerade 20jährigen Mackay zu bilden. Geschrieben, bevor er das Werk des Philosophen Max Stirner wiederentdeckte (und veröffentlicht vor seinem 1891 erschienenen Buch Die Anarchisten, der ihm internationale Anerkennung brachte), belegen sie, wie sehr Mackay schon bereit war für die Ansichten Stirners: Er nahm die gesellschaftliche Wirklichkeit mit unverstelltem Blick und tiefem Verständnis wahr.< Less
Fenny Skaller By John Henry Mackay
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The novel Fenny Skaller is based on the author’s own life and tells the story of a boy-lover becoming aware of his own special kind of love. It was first published in Germany in 1913, but a... More > century later we can still feel in it the force of this love, for it is related by a master storyteller who was at the same time a fighter for his love – and his times were not so different from ours. Banned by the authorities when it was first published and burned by the Nazis, Fenny Skaller is still censored today by those who would try to prevent us from gaining a genuine knowledge of this love, for Mackay’s insights become ours as we read this fascinating page-turner. It is a moving story that grips us by its emotion and convinces by its authenticity.< Less
Modern Themes By John Henry Mackay
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“Existences”and “Only a Waitress”, the two stories in Modern Themes, are pioneering works in the history of the literary movement of Naturalism in Germany. This translation,... More > the first in English, make these absorbing stories available once again. Readers may now judge for themselves how penetrating the early observational powers of Mackay really were. Written before Mackey’s discovery of the writings of Max Stirner, they clearly show how prepared he was to receive the views of Stirner. Mackay was already seeing reality with a clear eye and judging it with an understanding mind. But these novellas remain unique among his works and new readers will enjoy discovering yet another side to the many talents of John Henry Mackay.< Less
THE LAST DUTY and ALBERT SCHNELL’S DOWNFALL By John Henry Mackay
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This two-part story, The Last Duty (1893) and Albert Schnell’s Downfall (1895), an early work of John Henry Mackay, is influenced by the literary movement of naturalism, but remains uniquely... More > Mackay. The central character Albert Schnell illustrates, in a negative way, Mackay’s philosophy of individualist anarchism, while remaining a genuine, recognizable human being, not a mere symbol. The first part, in a tour de force of writing, is a story without a plot — as Mackay tells us in its subtitle. It describes three days in the life of a man who, essentially, has no life. Yet Mackay makes us care for the hopeless little man. Indeed, there is no hope for him, as soon becomes clear in the second part of the story. Schnell has absorbed all the “virtues” of his hypocritical society, and they work against him. Ironically Schnell does know what he must do to resist his fate, but he is prevented by his own weakness and the power his illusory world has over him. His downfall becomes inevitable.< Less
The Imagined World By John Henry Mackay
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Mackay’s final, posthumously published novel brings us another memorable character in Ludwig Behrendt. Although a successful businessman, he is haunted by a youthful indiscretion until the... More > unexpected arrival of a visitor from his past brings about drastic changes in his life. The novel illustrates, both negatively and positively, ideas of the 19th century German philosopher Max Stirner. But in all the challenges Behrendt has to face, he remains a believable personality whose strength is also his weakness. For admirers of Stirner this novel is a must read. But its many literary levels can be enjoyed by all. It is a fascinating blend of story-telling and philosophy brought to life.< Less
Jenseits der Wasser By John Henry Mackay
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John Henry Mackay’s only volume of translations is a unique showcase of his poetic talent. Although he claimed to be only concerned not to present already translated poems, he nevertheless had... More > to make choices, and they reveal themes with obvious appeal to himself. Nor did he go for the easy-to-do. His choices are challenging and he attacks them with the vigor of his youthful age. Although the result is as uneven as could be expected, he sometimes achieves minor masterpieces of literal translation that rival the example of Longfellow, while at other times he seems to use the original poem as mere inspiration for his own flights of fancy. In all cases, the results are well worth reading - for their insights into the human condition and the world of the 19th century, as well as into the personality of this fascinating German writer with the Scottish name.< Less
Die Menschen der Ehe By John Henry Mackay
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Nach den ANARCHISTEN ein kleiner Seitensprung, die ‘Schilderungen aus einer kleinen Stadt’: DIE MENSCHEN DER EHE. Sie waren eine Enttäuschung. Man hatte – warum weiß ich... More > nicht – dickleibige Erörterungen über das Problem der Ehe erwartet. Ich bedauere. Ich fühle mich hier gänzlich inkompetent, obwohl ich mich, viele Jahre später, 1930, mit einem kleinen Einakter, der ‘Szene’: EHE noch einmal auf dieses gefährliche Gebiet wagte. Alles, was ich, dort wie hier, wollte, war: an einem Beispiel zu zeigen, um wie viel schöner und reiner die – damals noch! – so vielgeschmähte ‘freie Liebe’ war, als das – auch heute noch! – so heftig verteidigte Institut der Ehe und um wie viel richtiger es ist, auseinanderzugehen, als beisammenzubleiben, wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt. (John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, 1932)< Less
Modern Themes By John Henry Mackay
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“Existences”and “Only a Waitress”, the two stories in Modern Themes, are pioneering works in the history of the literary movement of Naturalism in Germany. This translation,... More > the first in English, make these absorbing stories available once again. Readers may now judge for themselves how penetrating the early observational powers of Mackay really were. Written before Mackey’s discovery of the writings of Max Stirner, they clearly show how prepared he was to receive the views of Stirner. Mackay was already seeing reality with a clear eye and judging it with an understanding mind. But these novellas remain unique among his works and new readers will enjoy discovering yet another side to the many talents of John Henry Mackay.< Less
Die Menschen der Ehe By John Henry Mackay
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Nach den ANARCHISTEN ein kleiner Seitensprung, die ‘Schilderungen aus einer kleinen Stadt’: DIE MENSCHEN DER EHE. Sie waren eine Enttäuschung. Man hatte – warum weiß ich... More > nicht – dickleibige Erörterungen über das Problem der Ehe erwartet. Ich bedauere. Ich fühle mich hier gänzlich inkompetent, obwohl ich mich, viele Jahre später, 1930, mit einem kleinen Einakter, der ‘Szene’: EHE noch einmal auf dieses gefährliche Gebiet wagte. Alles, was ich, dort wie hier, wollte, war: an einem Beispiel zu zeigen, um wie viel schöner und reiner die – damals noch! – so vielgeschmähte ‘freie Liebe’ war, als das – auch heute noch! – so heftig verteidigte Institut der Ehe und um wie viel richtiger es ist, auseinanderzugehen, als beisammenzubleiben, wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt. (John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, 1932)< Less

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Left to Die Left to Die By Wes Rand
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