kein reimen kein dichten

kein poetischer vers

ich greif einfach in die seiten

lass klappern und läuten

was klangfarben malt

wird es etwas bedeuten?

es schert mich nicht

und hoffentlich

suchst auch du keine tiefen

in dem was hier herausgeschossen

steht nur eines geschrieben:

freude das worte nun fließen

© J.F. Wolf 2018

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‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’ by Giorgio Bassani (Italian Lit Month)

A really great book and a film by Vittorio de Seca gathered much attention when it first came out. Particularly important and pertinant after the Italian election results!

Intermittencies of the Mind

For many years I have wanted to write about the Finzi-Continis — about Micòl and Alberto, Professor Ermanno and Signora Olga — and about the many others who lived at, or like me frequented, the house in Corso Ercole I d’Este, Ferrara, just before the last war broke out. But the impulse, the prompt, really to do so only occurred for me a year ago, one April Sunday in 1957.

So begins the prologue of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The event that prompted the narrator was a visit to some Etruscan tombs and an innocent remark from a little girl about why the old tombs are considered less sad than modern tombs. This makes the narrator think about the Finzi-Continis’ tomb, built about a hundred years before but now nearly completely overgrown with weeds. A tomb that does not hold the more recent Finzi-Continis as most of them…

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‘Afternoon Men’ by Anthony Powell

I enjoyed this review which I think covers the book, which I have just read, very well. The boxing scene I found rather interesting. There seems to be a fair amount of prejudice looking back on this writing-not at all funny by today’s standards. A minor character, Susan’s father is well drawn and prefigures in an amusing way, figures in “A Dance to the Music of Time”.

Intermittencies of the Mind

Afternoon Men was Anthony Powell’s first novel and was published in 1931 when Powell was only 26 years old. I found this copy in a secondhand bookshop when I was reading his twelve-volume series of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time. It’s a fun book and will certainly be of interest to anyone that has read Dance as the style and structure of the book is so similar to his later work. The book has little plot and instead concentrates on characters and the dialogue between the many characters, who are all from the same jaded semi-aristocratic, intellectual milieu as in Dance.

The main character is William Atwater who has an unsatisfying job at a museum. The book opens with Atwater in a bar discussing with his friend, Pringle, Pringle’s current medication regime. We are then introduced to several other characters who enter the bar and…

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Andrey Remnev Modern Russian Painter with a touch of the Medieval

Andrey Remnev

Strongly inspired by the Russian artistic movements of the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as in the painting of medieval icons, Andrey Remnev’s paintings are ostentatious and oddly hypnotic interpretations.


He wasborn and raised in Yachroma, near Moscow, in 1962. He has always been attracted to nature, people, cities and landscapes. Despite referring to medieval painting, Andrey’s works have a subtle and contemporary touch through the most surreal elements that it includes. Many of his paintings focus on women, elegantly dressed, but with wise looks that add mystery and power to their delicately painted figures.


Andrey carries his further influences by emulating old Renaissance recipes using his own handmade colors with natural pigments mixed with egg yolk. The result gives an intoxicating richness and depth to his works.
These paintings remind me both of Gustav Klimt in their use of gold and in their subject matter of the Newlyn Painter, Thomas Cooper Gotch.