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Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons) (edizione 2015)

di Anne C. Heller (Autore)

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Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist--extolled by her peers as a visionary and berated by her critics as a poseur and a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and is now best remembered for the storm of controversy that arose after the publication of her 1963 New Yorker series on the trial of the kidnapped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Arendt was a woman of many contradictions. She was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men, even in her chain-smoking, intellectually provocative middle age. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous--and most divisive--work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, created fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger. In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne C. Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her sense of being what she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who doesn't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to gain the acceptance of others.… (altro)
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Titolo:Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons)
Autori:Anne C. Heller (Autore)
Info:New Harvest (2015), 144 pages
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I didn't know much about Hannah Arendt but kept coming across her name, this is a short introduction as to why she is famous. She is part of that post-war question to understand what went wrong in Germany and what might be done to stop it from happening again. Here we are again in Ukraine, Arendt has something to say on the failure to think clearly, or as she says the banality of evil. ( )
1 vota Stbalbach | May 11, 2022 |
I found this to be a fairly evenhanded and succinct examination of an intellectually brilliant and emotionally complicated woman. In addition to learning about Hannah Arendt, I discovered information about the hardships and persecutions faced by those who escaped the Nazis, sometimes at the hands of "friends." I feel inspired to further explore the moral complexities and cultural psychology of both the aftermath of the Holocaust as well as the founding of Israel.

I'm also highly curious about the word "Icons" which appears on the cover. It seems to imply a series of some sort, which I would definitely be interested in; however, I've been unable to find more information about it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | May 3, 2022 |
Hannah Arendt is pretty much the definition of complicated; I'd read several of her books but knew little about her life (other than philosophy student, pretty assimilated in high German culture, Jewish, WW2, and then subject of a lot of intra-communal hate over her writings about the Eichmann trial). I had no idea she'd dated Heidegger (who was apparently both a player and a nazi himself...), etc.

There's nothing really useful here other than just a more full appreciation of a historical figure (the same time would be better spent actually reading her books), but it was still interesting. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
The life and the work of Hannah Arendt appears interwoven in this short book. Anne Heller refers the main events of Arendt's life and discuss some of her most important books. Giving context to "Eichmann in Jerusalem" and "The Origins of Totalitarianism", the author provides useful tools to comprehend it. Arendt's ideas, in many aspects beyond the time in which they were exposed, emerge in a comprehensive way in this introductory work. ( )
  MarcusBastos | Mar 20, 2016 |
Life is complicated, and so is evil

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller (New Harvest, $20).

The most recent in New Harvest Publishing’s Icons series of short biographies of giants in philosophy, science and the arts is Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller.

While it’s not comprehensive—impossible, in a mere 150 pages—it does provide a very good overview of Arendt’s remarkable and controversial life. Heller does an excellent job of covering the outrage that surrounded Arendt’s reporting on the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker (later expanded and published as Eichmann in Jerusalem: The Banality of Evil), as well as illuminating the posthumous discovery of her affair with Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger, situating both in Arendt’s life experience.

This is a well-written and concise introduction to a fascinating life.

(Reviewed on Lit/Rant: www.litrant.tumblr.com) ( )
  KelMunger | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist--extolled by her peers as a visionary and berated by her critics as a poseur and a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and is now best remembered for the storm of controversy that arose after the publication of her 1963 New Yorker series on the trial of the kidnapped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Arendt was a woman of many contradictions. She was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men, even in her chain-smoking, intellectually provocative middle age. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous--and most divisive--work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, created fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger. In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne C. Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her sense of being what she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who doesn't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to gain the acceptance of others.

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