Der Tod von Adorno

Wietz, Helmut. Der Tod von Adorno. Berlin: Metrolit, 2013.

ISBN 13: 978-3-8493-0049-4

Sample Text: from the first three pages: ,,Nicht unweit von der Stelle entfernt, an der die Stör sich in die Elbe ergiesst, liegt ein kleiner Ort, der einigermassen bekannt als Schiffsbaustätte, sich ausserdem im Besitz einer kleinen Fähre befindet, die durch den  nimmermüden Fährmann Hermann C. Trollschack Tag und Nacht bewacht wird. So auch eines sonnigen Morgens im Frühling des wunderschönen Jahres 1968.” 

Essentially, this graphic novel is about the questions the younger generation asked their parents in the late 1960s about their involvement in the Nazi past. This pop-art style graphic novel had been started in 1968 and has now been rediscovered and finished.  Der Tod von Adorno revolves around the 1968 revolution, sexual liberation and also tells about an underground Nazi parallel society.  As one critic from Deutschland Radio formulated it: “The book is pure sex, Adorno and Rock and Roll.”

The bright, chaotic, emotionally infused, and at times visually disturbing pages of this graphic novel perhaps relay the story of the time (1968) as it really was.  The German press has even used the word “pornographic” to describe the scenes when Trollschack has cured his impotence after beating up NPD members in the streets of his town.  In fact, pornography also plays a thematic role in the novel as Trollschack’s group of revolutionaries talk about making pornographic movies, and members of companies like Flick, Krupp, etc. who turned profits during the Holocaust are sentenced to printing pornography. In a wildly ironic scene, men are seen wearing KZ uniforms and proofreading the magazines: “In diesem Prüfraum müssen alle Produkte for dem Versand durch Beate Uhse auf Druckfehler untersucht werden. Viel Spass!” (In this quality control room, all products must be checked for typos before they are distributed by Beate Uhse.)

der-tod-von-adornoder-tod-von-adornoseite50bild1uncoatkl- a page showing Wietz’s striking artistic creativity.

Frankfurter Rundschau Review

Reviews from Metrolit (Publisher’s) Homepage

Deutschland Radio Interview with a Critic

adultThis book would make a great accompaniment to studies of the 1968 revolution, Baader/ Meinhof, or even Adorno’s theoretical influence.  A thorough historical background on the time period, key players and main political issues, would be needed. The book contains graphic sexual scenes that would preclude its use at any level other than college or graduate level.

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