Hello Cruel World
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Erich Kästner, writer
Erich Kastner at the Looniverse
To establish the proper atmosphere, this is as good a place as any to show a sample of the bill you got for having your husband killed by the Nazis for political, or any, reasons.
Yes, you were supposed to pay for the execution (or else...) It comes to a total of what now must be well over $6000. They even charged you 12 cents for the stamp to send you the bill.
A Sample of Erich Kastner's Poetry
Kennst du das Land, wo die Kanonen blühen?
Du kennst es nicht? Du wirst es kennenlernen!
Do you know the country where the cannons bloom?
You do not know it? You will get to know it!
[Mein Gott! I actually know the poem this is based on - I did an amateur translation of it on Chris' Memorial Site.]
Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn,
Kennst du es wohl? Dahin! dahin
Do you know the land where lemon blossom grows,
This land you know? To there! To there;
This is my blogchalk:
Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, English, photography, reading, natural history, land use, town planning, sustainability.