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Das ist der Mann
der schreiben kann
trotzdem sein Vater schreibt
und dem trotz Vater's feinem Kopf
das eigne Köpfchen bleibt.
Das ist ein Mann und doch kein Mann
der wie ein Weib sich schmückt.
Oh ihr Verleger seht euch vor
er haut euch tückisch übers Ohr
und lächelt nur entrückt!

(Kadidja Wedekind, in der 'Sammlung höhnischer Gedichte', 1926)

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His character had a dark underside of melancholy, seldom shown to others. He felt, with an extraordinary intensity, the sadness and cruelty of life, the coldness of the insensitive, the triviality of pseudo-optimists, the pain and nuisance of growing older. He respected, but could not bring himself to share in the consolations of religious belief. The consolations of blind political hatred - such as they are - were also denied him: he fought unjustice unwaveringly, but without hysteria. He must often have been bitterly lonely, despite his many friends and the affection of his large, closely-knit family. A wanderer himself, he was temperamentally drawn to other wanderers, the confused, the lost, the astray. I believe that he helped many of them, but they could give him little in return. He found no permanent companion on his journey.
(Christopher Isherwood, in 'Klaus Mann zum Gedächtnis', 1950)


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Für die, die mehr wissen wollen:
*)Kurzbiografie auf der Website des dhm
*)Klaus Mann auf amazon.de
*)Essay zum neunzigsten Geburtstag 1996. Zwar schon zehn Jahre alt, aber immer noch gut zu lesen.
*)Kritik übt Marcel Reich-Ranicki


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