- Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (May 5, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691015902
- ISBN-13: 978-0691015903
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I knew she was a thoughtful scholar and a talented writer, but "Lustmord" easily outstrips the shorter works of hers that I previously read as an undergrad.
Ms. Tatar does a wonderful job in this work of synthesizing, examining, and investigating the concept of Lustmord ("passion murder") in Weimar Germany as represented in fiction, artwork, film, and in real life. A central theme of much "high art" in the 20th century has been either the aesthetic disfigurement of females (as in Picasso's cubist works) or the literal mangling or murder of women depicted on the canvas, as in the works of Otto Dix and George Grosz. It takes a certain disposition to fairly evaluate this kind of work, and I was repeatedly impressed by how Maria Tatar refused to condemn (like many women) or praise (like many male art critics reflexively do) art involving violence against women.
Those with a general interest in history, art, film, or thought-provoking, quality writing will find this book a joy to read. It takes a certain talent to think deeply and write perceptively on a subject without alienating the layman, but Tatar has the gift. As for those engaged in more scholarly and rigorous pursuits, this secondary source is the perfect launching pad for any project specifically related to German Studies/Germanistik. I will definitely seek out more longer form works by this author. Highest recommendation.
(sex murder) artistic period of Germany's Weimar Republic isn't as shocking as it should be, but
rather a sad reminder of historical misogyny that still plagues us. Thanks to Ms. Tatar for this
eye-opening account...and to LACMA in Los Angeles for it's recent exhibit of these important,
house-of-horror depictions of the mental state of pre-WWII Germany.
The only redeeming quality (for which I gave this book two stars) is that Tatar included numerous sketches and paintings (albeit in black and white)by Dix and Grosz, whose works are not especially easy to locate. Some of these illustrations, one of which depicts a butcher selling pieces of dismembered women in his shop, are enough to disturb even the most fortified of minds. The pictures themselves give the reader at least a hint of what Weimar society must have been like; Maria Tatar's rambling text just induces sleep.