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Klaus Kinski
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747530998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747530992
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This autobiography recounts the life of the German actor Klaus Kinski. It tells of his tortured childhood in the poverty of pre-war Berlin through to his rise to international stardom as a film actor. His Casanovian pursuit of sex (often with under-age girls) is chronicled in graphic detail.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars file under fiction 19 Nov 2008
This was a strange little book, rather bland in passages and then a rombustious sequence of the priapric adventures of the hero would come along to liven things up. Of all the books I have come across this is the one that most defies easy categorisation: Fantasy? autobiography? The triumph of the ego? you, the reader, are free to decide. Alternatively push aside such banal considerations and enjoy the ride. Kinski certainly did. Not to be given to your grandmother as a christmas present under any circumstances -though she would probably enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She calls out "Kinski"; it sounds like... 18 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Kinski's rather wilful mishearing is indicative of his stance throughout the book.His autobiography offers an uninhibited portrayal of self-centredness and excess.In almost every paragraph, another woman is "conquered" (in unstinting biological detail), another fast car is discarded because its owner has tired of the colour. Kinski emerges not so much as a selfish man but as, in the pure sense, a solipsist. He seems literally unable to imagine that the rest of the world does not perceive events as he does, that other people are not simply extensions of his own personality.When his 2nd wife leaves him, Kinski tells us that he searched for her in drawers, in the ice-box...He could not conceive of her as a person in his own right, but as a part of the fabric of his personal universe.Daughter Nastassja breaks down in tears with the words "You don't love me".Kinski is thunderstruck, apparently unaware that he hasn't mentioned her role in his life for about 20 years; she wasn't there in front of him, so he ceased to think of her. Kinski's compulsion to devour every sensual experience before him makes for chilling reading - seeking refuge in the mysogynist's excuse "I love all women", he even casually dismisses an accusation of rape, again unaware that other people do not see the world as he does. And yet, the intensity with which Kinski records his emotions somehow makes him a perversely sympathetic figure.As his second wife rebukes him, Kinski is "too, too, too"...Too passionate,too selfish, too generous,too honest, Kinski's self-destructive excess made it impossible for others to be close to him without being consumed by the strength of his capricious passions.He ends the book alone and lonely, largely because he made it impossible for others to be with him, and yet he leaves the reader angry, moved and entranced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative prevarication? 27 Mar 2005
By Jj Kerr
The visceral details which Kinski selected to catalogue from his life are an endeavour to stomach. In the documentary 'My Best Friend', Werner Herzog asserts that most of the book is fabricated, but I cannot help but feel that if this is so, then the autobiography is all the better for it. I find I am less interested in the 'truth' about his life than in the stark, distorted vision of the world - women, employers, children, war, travel, sex (his encounters seem boundless) - that Kinski obviously developed for this book.
You dont need to see any of his films to visit this book (he jeers every one of them anyway)- but prepare yourself for an uneasy ride if you do. In contrast, his expressions of fatherhood and of the forces of nature captivate.
The most forceful autobiography I've read in a long time. Also recommeneded to people who can get into Antonin Artaud...
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4.0 out of 5 stars What would Kinski do ? 13 Nov 2006
I was delighted when I finally got hold of this book. After reading lots about it and being a huge fan of the man himself Klaus Kinski, Perhaps the best actor who ever lived. But putting my love for the man aside I wanted to judge the book as I would any other a form of entertainment? Firstly I was shocked at how beautiful the opening phase of the book was written, passion oozing out of every word. The early phase of the book which deals with his poverty ridden childhood brung tears to my eyes.

His mother says `We'll get something to eat today-you can count on it' Ye s, mum he replies. He reflects `What I really want to say is this: you can count on the fact that I won't give up. That nothing and no one will force me to my knees. That someday I will pay you back for all you courageous love. That I will make sure you don't have to drudge like a convict' there are many many sentimental moments sometimes it seems to blister in to ragged poetry. It is also quite hilarious; as it is throughout, his descriptions of his farther and traits of others had me laughing aloud. Although well written it can sometimes be reasonably tiring when a sexual encounter pops ups every few pages. Sometimes they are important and shed light, but most the time they get in the way. I found myself thinking yes ok Kinski lets get back on track then you have a few pages of brilliance before another sexual encounter. But then that's what you're buying in to he's talking about what he loves what he thinks what he needs and it's obvious he needed that more than most things. So one should grant him the right to bash on about it.

Other highlights are learning of the deep love he had for his son his yearning to want to see him. When he was deprived of him and how he clearly couldn't deal with it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars crazy memoirs from crazy man 27 Aug 2005
where exactly do i begin?
first of all, great read which is very easy to follow throughout.Not surprisingly, Werner Herzog gets a mention on several occasions.
Kinski's narrative never lets up from its unrelenting aggression.I find this to be sometimes exhausting but mainly entertaining and sometimes amusing even. I have always had that feeling that if i were to witness the man himself reciting his life story he would be ranting and raving - just like he does in this book.
However, those of a sensitive disposition should take heed; the material is of a graphic, disturbing nature that takes on many forms. Kinski's feuds with Herzog being a prime example.
Please make sure that you know what you are letting yourself in for before buying.
Always thought there was something unusual about Klaus Kinski when i watch his films; this autobiographical volume confirms this.
It is amazing how much of Kinski on film is reflected on Kinski in real life.The two are inseparable.
For an entertaining and somewhat unpredictable read, this deserves a place at the top with the best of them
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