By Detlev Claussen
He used to be famously opposed 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 necessary twentieth-century transatlantic highbrow, the booklet is usually a window at the cultural ferment of Adorno’s day—and its ongoing value in our personal.
The biography starts on the shining second of the German bourgeoisie, in a global ruled via liberals keen to increase citizenship to refugees fleeing pogroms in jap Europe. Detlev Claussen follows Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903–1969) from his privileged lifestyles as a cherished 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 us, to his emergence because the Adorno we all know now within the maybe not-so-unlikely environment of l. a.. There in 1943 along with his collaborator Max Horkheimer, Adorno built serious thought, whose key insight—that to be entertained is to offer one’s consent—helped outline the highbrow panorama of the 20th century.
In shooting the guy in his advanced relationships with the various century’s best minds—including, between others, Arnold Schoenberg, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Siegfried Kracauer, Georg Lukács, Hannah Arendt, and Bertolt Brecht—Claussen unearths how a lot we've got but to profit from Theodor Adorno, and what kind of his lifestyles can let us know approximately ourselves and our time.