After 1945: Latency as Origin of the Present by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

By Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

what's it the legacy that humankind has been residing with for the reason that 1945? We have been as soon as confident that point was once the agent of swap. yet some time past decade or , our adventure of time has been remodeled. know-how preserves and inundates us with the earlier, and we understand our destiny as a suite of converging and perilous inevitabilities: nuclear annihilation, international warming, overpopulation. beaten by means of those horizons, we are living in an ever broadening current. In settling on the existing temper of the post-World conflict II decade as that of "latency," Gumbrecht returns to the period while this alteration within the velocity and constitution of time emerged and exhibits the way it formed the trajectory of his personal postwar iteration.
Those born after 1945, and particularly these born in Germany, may have cherished not anything greater than to place the catastrophic occasions and explosions of the earlier in the back of them, yet that risk remained foreclosed or simply out of succeed in. global literatures and cultures of the postwar years exhibit this to were a commonly shared concern: they trace at grants unfulfilled and obsess over dishonesty and undesirable religion; they transmit the feeling of confinement and the lack to boost.
After 1945 belies its subject of entrapment. Gumbrecht hasn't ever been constrained by means of slender disciplinary barriers, and his most modern inquiry is either far-ranging and experimental. It combines autobiography with German heritage and world-historical research, providing insightful reflections on Samuel Beckett and Paul Celan, special exegesis of the idea of Martin Heidegger and Jean Paul Sartre, and fabulous reflections on cultural phenomena starting from Edith Piaf to the Kinsey record. This own and philosophical tackle the final century is of rapid relevance to our id today.

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After 1945: Latency as Origin of the Present

What's it the legacy that humankind has been dwelling with on account that 1945? We have been as soon as confident that point used to be the agent of swap. yet some time past decade or , our adventure of time has been reworked. expertise preserves and inundates us with the previous, and we understand our destiny as a suite of converging and perilous inevitabilities: nuclear annihilation, international warming, overpopulation.

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