or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Transcript (Austrian Literature Series) [Paperback]

Heimrad Bäcker , Patrick Greaney , Vincent Kling
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
RRP: £12.99
Price: £10.83 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £2.16 (17%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Usually dispatched within 2 to 3 weeks.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

5 Mar 2010 Austrian Literature Series
transcript is a disturbing document. Using the techniques of concrete and visual poetry, Heimrad Backer presents quotations from the Holocaust's planners, perpetrators, and victims. The book offers a startling collection of documents that confront us with details from the bureaucratic world of the Nazis and the intimate worlds they destroyed. Backer's sources range from victims' letters and medical charts to train schedules and the telephone records of Auschwitz. His transcriptions and reworkings of these sources serve as a reminder that everything about the Shoah was spoken about in great detail, from the most banal to the most monstrous. transcript shows us that the Holocaust was not "unspeakable," but was an eminently describable and described act spoken about by thousands of people concerned with the precision and even the beauty of their language.

Product details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785657
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

With transcript, a new chapter began for concrete and visual poetry. (Eugen Gomringer) I consider transcript to be a major work of concrete poetry and, beyond that, proof that its methods can convey reality much more intensively than the methods of description. (Friedrich Achleitner)

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars testimonies 12 Nov 2012
By monica
Format:Paperback
I've read over the years a few histories of various facets of the Shoah and a fair few first-hand accounts by people who were trapped in the ghettoes and the death camps and upon reading them was always left with a blanket depression and the question of how this could have happened; I knew full well that the suffering, the mass murders were real, that they did indeed happen but I didn't feel an immediacy in these books that might have removed the psychological cushion sparing me from feeling the horror at deeper levels.

Then I read KL AUSCHWITZ SEEN BY THE SS., a collection of three statements written by SS men brought to trial for having worked in the camps. These accounts by the criminals themselves for some reason had that immediacy, snatched away the cushion, and made me feel the reality of it all rather than simply acknowledging it intellectually. In seeking more information on that book, I came across a mention of this one; again, it's derived from contemporary documents, almost all of them written by Nazis and again, I had an almost visceral reaction to it.

Transcript is described as a concrete poem; it isn't, in the strictest sense, though layout of the poem is relevant. Every word in it is taken from lists--of belongings, of regulations, of the dead--and from notes, directives, reports on doctors' experiments and on interrogations, and similar material. Backer omitted, repeated, and rearranged (in that he was much influenced by the Vienna Group) and appended notes/bibliography but that's the extent of his intervention.

A pity there's no 'look inside' for this book to give an idea of the distinctive layout and, much more, of the content.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars testimonies 13 Nov 2012
By monica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read over the years a few histories of various facets of the Shoah and a fair few first-hand accounts by people who were trapped in the ghettoes and the death camps and upon reading them was always left with a blanket depression and the question of how this could have happened; I knew full well that the suffering, the mass murders were real, that they did indeed happen but I didn't feel an immediacy in these books that might have removed the psychological cushion sparing me from feeling the horror at deeper levels.

Then I read Kl Auschwitz Seen by the Ss, a collection of three statements written by SS men brought to trial for having worked in the camps. These accounts by the criminals themselves for some reason had that immediacy, snatched away the cushion, and made me feel the reality of it all rather than simply acknowledging it intellectually. In seeking more information on that book, I came across a mention of this one; again, it's derived from contemporary documents, almost all of them written by Nazis and again, I had an almost visceral reaction to it.

Transcript is described as a concrete poem; it isn't, in the strictest sense, though layout of the poem is relevant. Every word in it is taken from lists--of belongings, of regulations, of the dead--and from notes, directives, reports on doctors' experiments and on interrogations, and similar material. Backer omitted, repeated, and rearranged (in that he was much influenced by the Vienna Group) and appended notes/bibliography but that's the extent of his intervention.

A pity there's no 'look inside' for this book to give an idea of the distinctive layout and, much more, of the content. One page lists parks, gardens, and squares: it was only gradually and with growing dismay I realised what that list referred to. Another page contains only one line: 'this is my last letter and i'm letting you know that i was shot on september 1st at six o'clock'. A page might show only a list of numbers or a collection of acronyms (explained in Backer's notes) or it might offer a description of Hitler's typical breakfast.

The starkness of the presentation here is what allows the content to strike a reader full-force; as the afterword notes, description can stand in the way of reality, and referring to something as 'unspeakable' can stand in the way of our ever trying to know it. Backer shows us the reality of a man-made hell and compels us to dwell there for a time. Highly recommended.

4 1/2 stars
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa72f5618)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback