By Detlev Claussen
He was once famously antagonistic to biography as a literary shape. And but this lifetime of Adorno by means of one among his final scholars is much greater than literary in its accomplishments, giving us our first transparent examine how the fellow and his second met to create “critical theory.” An intimate photograph of the integral twentieth-century transatlantic highbrow, the e-book is additionally a window at the cultural ferment of Adorno’s day―and its ongoing value in our own.
The biography starts on the shining second of the German bourgeoisie, in an international ruled via liberals keen to increase citizenship to refugees fleeing pogroms in japanese Europe. Detlev Claussen follows Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903–1969) from his privileged existence as a loved prodigy to his highbrow coming of age in Weimar Germany and Vienna; from his exile in the course of the Nazi years, first to England, then to the U.S., to his emergence because the Adorno we all know now within the maybe not-so-unlikely atmosphere of l. a.. There in 1943 along with his collaborator Max Horkheimer, Adorno built serious conception, whose key insight―that to be entertained is to provide one’s consent―helped outline the highbrow panorama of the 20 th century.
In taking pictures the fellow in his advanced relationships with a few of the century’s best minds―including, between others, Arnold Schoenberg, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Siegfried Kracauer, Georg Lukács, Hannah Arendt, and Bertolt Brecht―Claussen finds how a lot we now have but to benefit from Theodor Adorno, and what kind of his existence can let us know approximately ourselves and our time.