Aisedoru Dunkani ne bez pamata dēvē par mūsdienu dejas māti. Tiesa, par viņas pašas dejas tehniku ir saglabājušās galvenokārt nostāstu tipa liecības, jo reālu ierakstu ar pašas Dunkanes dejām īsti nav. Tas gan nav nekas sevišķi šokējošs, jo mirusi Dunkane ir pirms nu jau teju 100 gadiem - 1927. gadā viņas mūžu izbeidza traģisks negadījums, atvērta tipa automašīnas aizmugurējā asī ieraujot viņas zīda šalli. Kaut kādā mērā gan tas varētu būt loģiski, ka Dunkane nevarēja aiziet vienkāršā veidā, jo arī viņas dzīve nebija vienkārša. Lielu tās daļu viņa aprakstījusi šajā autobiogrāfijā, taču viņai memuārus neizdevās pabeigt, līdz ar to ārpus tiem palika visai nozīmīga viņas mūža daļa - mēģinājums pārcelties uz dzīvi Padomju Krievijā un laulība ar krievu dzejnieku Sergeju Jeseņinu (spoileris: Padomija viņu mazliet piečakarēja, bet Jeseņins brutāli dzēra un par sevi astoņpadsmit gadus vecāko sievu sita).
Šī pilnīgi noteikti ir viena no nozīmīgākajām filmām Holivudas vēsturē. Vai tā būtu mākslinieciski izcila? Nopelnījusi vairāk kā jebkura cita? Vai tajā piedalītos sava laikmeta slavenākie aktieri? Vai to būtu režisējis kāds no visu laikmetu dižgariem? Nē, nē, un vēlreiz nē. Un tomēr - super leģendāra filma.
Es esmu vienkāršs proletārietis. Dod man zivi, smirdīgu lētu kino un vecu alu! Tas ir viss, kas man nepieciešams apmierinājumam! Jā, un, protams, maukas! Tik prastas un trulas, cik vien iespējams! Nospļauties man uz to Vulfa kundzi un viņas eksistenciālajām pārdomām! Es esmu primitīvs.
Mr. Moriac represents the old school of French literature yet he`s also deeply connected with the new one - he ain`t really as modern as Prouste but he doesn`t care about the action like the old school writers did. "Therese" is the story of a woman that`s married without love and that tries to poison her husband without a one good reason - but because she`s dissatisfied with her life and that her ideals lie with a weird Jewish guy who doesn`t care about her (or anyone else as a matter of fact). So the novel is probably what Therese would tell to a priest in terms of her sins or something like that. Quite touching, not too touching though. Mauriac got a Nobel prize by the way.
Do you know why Kafka is considered to be so cool? Because he never finished a novel. And despite that there are three novels of his that are put on the golden shelf of the 20th century literature. And America is one of those novels. It certainly lacks an ending but it`s not really that clear - did Mr. Kafka indeed plan ever to write one? We get to hear the story of a young boy Carl going to the States after he has impregnated a servant of his parents. Actually I chose the wrong word - she was rather impregnated through him, `cos the boy had no interest in her and she used him as a living dildo or something like that. Anyhow he met his uncle in the States who was a rich and influential fellow (and not an evil uncle, who would have predicted that!) but because of a silly misunderstanding he has to leave his uncle and start a life of his own. He teams up with two tramps - an Irishman and a French guy. He finds a job at the hotel as the elevator boy, but because of his so called friends whom he was trying to escape he has to leave the job and become a servant for a crazy fat singer that earns her money by sex. In the end Carl joins a strange theatre and goes on a train to start his work, but that`s where the story ends. And I don`t mind that, because it`s how life goes - could you really make a complete story about your life that would end with your death?
Herman Hesse is one of the titans of 20th century literature. And being a titan he`s to heavy for me to be able to cope with. For example, this novel in question. I started reading it quite a lot of times before I actually was able to finish it. And not that it is very boring or something like that, it`s just hard to read. The main hero - the Steppenwolf is a man who metaphorically is a steppenwolf - a lonesome stranger in the modern society, but who enjoyes clean bourgeoisie and stuff connected with that. Harry Haller is his name. His own biography supposedly written by himself tells us how Harry wanted to enter a bizarre theatre, which can only be entered by paying with your mind for that ("Eintritt kostet den Verstand"). And there was a young female person who tried to cure Harry, to help him enjoy life and to prepare him for entering the theatre just so that he can kill her. And a jazz musician who seemed to be a primitive person but was in deed the owner of the strange theatre, in which Harry could see how he was constructed. It`s not that easy to describe anyway, and it`s not that easy to understand.