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Letters of Note II

The moment you free that huge coffee table book from its packings, you feel that is indeed something special. This is of course because of its size (21 x 3,5 x 28,9 cm) but it is also because of its content. As I wrote before when I had the first volume in my hands, “Letters of Note, Volume II” again makes letters available for readers and lure them into a very special place. The place – maybe the living room – is a very private one, normally not open for strangers, a place where letters were written in a time when the internet wasn’t even thought of.

So this book is a treat to dive into, to flick through its pages and get hooked by facsimiles, pictures or the name of the writer or their receivers. You want to have it within reach to hold it and re read certain letters again, so do make room on your shelves. And you’ll get letters by Abraham Lincoln, Aldous Huxley, Janis Joplin, Charlotte Brontë, Michelangelo, Alan Turing, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Florence Nightingale and many more. They tell stories of their writers, give  little insight looks into their lives at a special moment in time and will never leave you untouched.

LettersOfNote2

Photo: Petra Breunig

You will find different editions but even if you love reading ebooks (as I do), do yourself a favour and go for a hardcopy. It’s worth the money.

Unbound is a way of crowdfunding books directly by supporting their authors. Depending on how much money you want to spend, you get goodies and of course the books you are supporting. After signing up for Unbound – which is for free – and you have made up your mind to support a book you want to get to life, you’re getting emails keeping you updated on the progress the book is making.

Shaun Usher, Letters of Note II,  Unbound.

[Note: I was one of the subscribers and am very happy that this book  wouldn’t exist without me, as Shaun Usher wrote.

Bletchley Park – where the codebreakers are still alive

At the beginning: two confessions.
The first: The name “Bletchley Park” sounds familiar for me since years. I can’t remember why or can’t put my finger on the occasion when the place where hugely intelligent minds cracked the German Enigma code during the Second World War first appeared in my knowledge. And the fact that “Enigma” is connected to Alan Turing was always hidden somewhere in the far regions of my brain – maybe because of some history teacher back at school (a bow to him whoever he was).

The second: it needed a Benedict Cumberbatch to get my mind to work and bringing my knowledge back to me. So when it was confirmed that Benedict was about to play Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” I happily dived into the topic, reading Andrew Hodges’ “The Enigma” and literally getting my hands on any possible information about the codebreaker that helped to shorten the war and saved millions of life. And soon enough I made up my mind to see  Bletchley Park for myself, a wish that came true in September of 2015.

Only about an hour train drive from London, Bletchley Park is a space packed with a huge pile of information about Enigma (there are lots of different machines on display),  both a replica of the original Bombe and the one used in the film “The Imitation Game” (that helped decoding the German messages very fast) and insight looks into life at wartime Bletchley Park with the help of sounds and voices at special spots throughout the place and with offices decorated with very much love to every single detail so that the rooms give the impressions their inhabitants are just off for a lunch break (as the sheet of paper in their typewriters say).

Alan Turing's desk Photo: Petra Breunig

Alan Turing’s desk Photo: Petra Breunig

Especially in Alan Turing’s office, looking at his desk with papers spreading everywhere, his wardrobe where clothes are stuffed carelessly inside and the radiator with a mug chained to, ready to be used in a moment, the past seems to be so alive that I expected Alan Turing tapping me on the shoulder when I carefully stared at his desk, taking a picture.

With the special exhibition  “The Imitation Game” about to end on November 1st 2015, some Benedict Cumberbatch fans who are in London for “Hamlet” at the Barbican may think about a visit – they should make up their mind.

[Update: The Imitation Game-exhibition will be open at least till July 2016  “due to popular demand”.

 

 

Bücher meines Jahres

Es ist wieder soweit. Das Jahr ist fast zu Ende – Zeit also für meine persönliche Lesebilanz des Jahres. Die wie auch schon im vergangenen Jahr völlig subjektiv ist.

Dass ich in 2014 mehr Bücher gelesen habe (37 statt 34 im vergangenen Jahr), liegt vielleicht daran, dass weniger dicke Schmöker dabei waren.
Gesamt: 38
E-Books: 7
Normale Bücher: 30
Englische: 17

Gelesen habe ich:

Edward St Aubyn:

Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, At last, sowie Lost for Words – mein neuentdeckter Autor, dessen Themen nicht immer einfach sind, aber immer wunderbar geschrieben. Seine Bücher sind auch auf Deutsch erhältlich.

Neil Gaiman

Niemalsland, Der Ozean am Ende der Straße:
Beides sind Märchen für Erwachsene, die in fantastische Welten entführen, die gar nicht mal so weit weg von der realen Welt sind.
Ein liebevolles Märchen ist auch das E-Book “Hannah Halblicht” von Stefan Reinmann. Es ist auf allen gängigen Plattformen erhältlich.

Zu Alan Turing/ Enigma:

Robert Harris: Enigma; Sinclair McKay: The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, Fergus Mason: The tragic life of Alan Turing

Ian McEwan:

Der britische Autor schreibt nicht nur wunderbar. Seine bei Diogenes auf Deutsch erhältlichen Bücher sind auch ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass eine Übersetzung dem Original gerecht werden kann.
Unschuldige
The Children Act (wird im Januar bei Diogenes auf Deutsch erscheinen und “Kindeswohl” heißen)
The Comfort of Strangers

Ken Follett: Kinder der Freiheit

Der letzte Teil der Trilogie um mehrere Familien, deren Geschichte auch die Europas ist. Leider ist die Übersetzung holprig und schadet dem Lesevergnügen.

Max Frisch:

Aus dem Berliner Journal – meine ausführlichere Besprechung gibt es hier.

Shaun Usher: Letters of Note

ist ein Buch, das man trotz seines Gewichts gerne zur Hand nimmt und sich in die Intimität des Briefeschreibens entführen lässt. Mittlerweile ist auch eine deutsche Übersetzung unter dem Titel “Briefe, die die Welt bedeuten” erschienen. Meine englische Besprechung gibt es hier.

Sherlock Holmes

Natürlich mussten es auch in diesem Jahr wieder Bücher über und mit dem großen Detektiv sein.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Das Zeichen der Vier (bei Diogenes)
Mitch Cullin: A Slight Trick of the Mind – eine liebevolle Hommage, von der ich (noch) keine deutsche Übersetzung gefunden habe. Meinen Tipp gibt es auf Deutsch und Englisch.
Sherlock Holmes – The Man who has never lived and will never die ist das Begleitbuch zur Sherlock-Holmes-Ausstellung im Museum of London und zeigt viel mehr als “nur” Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Chronicles – ein Muss für Sherlock-Fans

Klassiker:

William Shakespeare: Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III.
Wirklich nicht neu, aber neuentdeckt mit den liebevollen zweisprachigen Ausgaben, die bei Ars Vivendi erschienen sind. Wer sparen möchte und nicht unbedingt ein druckfrisches Buch haben muss, kann sie auch antiquarisch kaufen. Ich bin bei booklooker.de fündig geworden.

Franz Kafka

Saul Friedländers Biografie ist eine gute Einführung in Werk und Leben des Schriftstellers.

Gut unterhalten fühlte ich mich mit:

John Green: The Fault in our Stars (Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter) – ist einfach nur zum Heulen schön.
David Grann: Die versunkene Stadt Z – auf der Suche nach einer Stadt und einem Forscher
Donna Leon: Das goldene Ei – der alljährliche Guido-Brunetti-Fall
Ingrid Noll: Hab und Gier – gut, aber es gibt bessere Romane der Autorin
Bernhard Schlink: Die Frau auf der Treppe – typisch guter Bernhard Schlink
Chris Chibnall/ Erin Kelly: Der Mörder ist unter uns – ist das Buch zur britischen Fernsehserie “Broadchurch” und mindestens genauso spannend.
Dave Eggers: Der Circle – so könnte die Arbeit bei Google aussehen.
Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch (Der Distelfink) – gut, aber mit Längen
Saskia Goldschmidt: Die Glücksfabrik – die Geschichte einer Pharmafabrik vor dem Hintergrund des Dritten Reichs.
Alan Bennett: Leben wie andere Leute – der Autor blickt auf das eigene Leben zurück.

A tribute to a true hero

With anniversaries of both World Wars, it seems we are flooded with documentaries, books and radio plays. And even despite the fact that this topic is a very important one, people could be bored getting another film situated in the Second World War.

“The Imitation Game” is not just another film about one of the darkest periods in European history. It is a tribute to the true hero Alan Turing who helped breaking the German enigma code, win the war for the allies and saved thousands of lives. But it’s also a tragedy. Alan, who people always looked at as somehow different, awkward and not of this world, lived the life of a man who always was true to himself. He deeply cared for his work as a mathematician, dived into solving any problem and was – for all we learn from the people who knew him –  a very warm hearted man who happened to be gay in a time when homosexuality was illegal.

“You need me more than I need you.” Alan Turing in his job interview

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – from a trailer of “The Imitation Game”. Screenshot: pb

Director Morten Tyldum’s film is all you want to have in a really good movie: it is heartwarming, funny, heartbreaking, sad and thrilling. And it is a story about Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), a man who loyally served his country, lived with all the secrets about his work at Bletchley Park during the war but instead of celebrating him as a war hero and giving him all the honour a country could give, was prosecuted for his sexuality, treated with oestrogens, intending to free him of his homosexuality. And if this wasn’t enough he was considered being unreliable of keeping secrets and was refused to continue his cryptographic work for the British Government Communications Headquarters.

Benedict Cumberbatch performs the role of his life. His Alan is vulnerable, arrogant, funny and he always does and says what he thinks is right at this special moment. And even if he doesn’t say anything, you know exactly what is going on in his mind – you just have to look to realise what only a brilliant actor is able to do: telling a whole story with a tiny movement within his face. The scenes with Keira Knightley who is Joan Clarke, a fellow mathematician and cryptanalysis who was in a relationship with Alan and still cared very deeply for him till his death and even afterwards, are far away from any kitsch film makers could squeeze into them.

“The Imitation Game” is the must see film of this winter. It deserves all the awards the film industry has to offer.

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More about Alan Turing:

Andrew Hodges: The Enigma – the biography the film is based on. Read my review here.

Sinclair McKay: The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition

Official page of The Imitation Game

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park Podcast – Apple users click here.

Andrew Hodges: The Enigma

One of the things coming with being a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch is getting to know about books you’ve never heard of and you probably never would have read because they simply exist out of your horizon – or are simply not available in your country and language.

Andrew Hodges’ “The Enigma” is such a book that appeared in my life just because I learned back in 2013 that Benedict was about to play Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game”. Surprisingly enough I did know that Alan Turing was the man that helped breaking the German Code during the Second World War with the help of the Enigma machine – something I must have stumbled upon during school (thanks to my teachers and German curriculum).

“For him there had to be a reason for everything;
 it had to make sense – and to make one sense, not two.”

Because of the topic – oh God, it has something to do with maths which I’ll never understand in German how could I handle this in English?! – I tried and failed getting a German version of Hodges’ book when I wanted it. So I gave an English kindle version a try just because it is cheaper and you know you do have a dictionary at hand when you are lost in language and maths. But I hardly needed it because Andrew Hodges did a very good job walking on the edge in between historical facts, technical explanations and bringing a man to life that was not only far ahead of his time when it comes to science or technology. He also was a man struggling to find his own way in a society that couldn’t cope with homosexuality as a normal form of living and loving but made it illegal forcing women and men to live their lives like criminals.

“Like any homosexual man, he (Alan) was living an imitation game, not in the sense of conscious play-acting, but by being accepted as a person that he was not”, Hodges writes. Being a highly intelligent man, Alan Turing didn’t care about his appearance but concentrated on his work and somehow on his own world in which the simple and clear rules of science were all that matter at least to him. But he also was very well aware of the fact that the society he lived in wouldn’t tolerate his sexuality: “He had wanted the commonest in nature; he liked ordinary things. But he found himself to be an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician. It would not be easy.”

Andrew Hodges’ autobiography is full of historical facts, science stuff and biographical details that show that the author did a very proper and deep research. Far more it is a tribute to Alan Turing – full of love and admiration – who thought about computer and the way they might think and communicate with one another long before the word had it’s meaning and long before the word internet was even invented.  “Enigma” is a historical document and a thrilling novel that is a joy to read.

Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing – The Enigma, Vintage Books
Deutsche Ausgabe: Springer-Verlag, Wien.

 

Cumbercollective: Fans that are different

So you do have a hobby? You are addicted to your plants in the garden, you’re passionate when it comes to cooking and baking and you are a fan of a football  team? Relax, everything is fine, there is nothing to worry about – at least till it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch. What a comparison, you may think (I see you are shaking your head) but think it over.

Have a look at the meaning of  “fan” and you’ll find explanations like “enthusiast”or “admirer”  – which is exactly what fans do when their team wins the match: they cry, they laugh, they jump and they have nothing else to talk about when they meet other fans no matter if they’re meeting online or in real life.
Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch gather in front of the telly to watch a film or a series the British actor takes part. They cry, they laugh, they jump and they have nothing else to talk about when they meet other fans not matter if they’re meeting online or in real life.

“Your loyalty means a lot.
It gives me courage to take risks
and enjoy what I’m doing.”
Source: Indiatoday

Of course you get the parallels. Would you say being a fan of lets say football makes you automatically insane and stupid? No? Why do you think Benedict’s fans are insane and stupid? Why do you think that they are foolish girls only dreaming of their idol, unable to talk in full sentences, only sighing and swooning and screaming? It’s because you don’t really understand what this fandom is about, maybe because you only read the headlines of the yellow press which will always use “Cumberbitches” to lure more clicks on their websites and more readers to their papers instead of keeping up to date and do their researches properly as Sherlock would grumble.

To set the record straight: Yes, members of the Cumbercollective (and of course the author of this blog) are chatting about Benedict, his appearance (Did you see his hair? Doesn’t this colour fit him well?), his beautiful voice (best listened to with earphones), his hands (yes, they are very huge) or his clothes (Tuxedos & suits! Scarfs & Flipflops! Hats & Glasses!). With his ability to play every characters on the big screen, on telly or doing radio plays, Benedict proves that he is in fact a class of his own. And he forces his fans stretch their brains, learning about such different topics like code breaking because of Alan Turing and the upcoming film “The Imitation Game”, motion caption and JRR Tolkien because of the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit” or tyres and high speed cars because he was at the Formula 1 race in Kuala Lumpur. (Yes, there are pics from an Jaguar ice driving course in Finland – but who cares about the cars?)

It is true that fans come together because Benedict is out there, but what is so special about this fandom is that many fans are grown-up women, getting their daily stuff done in real life, are interested and well informed about such different things as literature, films, sports, architecture, history and politics. Many are fluent in at least two languages – English is mandatory if your want to listen to Benedict’s voice – and always ready to help. Want a magazine from another country, a mug from a shop that doesn’t ship abroad, tips for your next trip to US, not sure if the DVD works in your country, badly in need of a live stream? Just drop a line on twitter – and get answers.
Don’t worry if it takes a few hours till they get back to you: Cumbercollective as a whole is always wide awaken and literally everywhere in the world. Due to time shifts they are on duty or simply asleep.

Benedict Cumberbatch rules the Oscars

Watching the Oscars is a very predictable thing. There will be lots of beautiful ladies with beautiful robes trying not to fall over, looking all gorgeous. Well most of them. There will be lots of guys looking very dapper in their suits. And there is Benedict Cumberbatch.

Of course he looks very dapper in his Spencer & Hart suit and we all were relieved seeing his hair curling and going back to his natural colour (yes there is a bit of grey in it). It seems that Benedict really enjoyed being on the Red Carpet, THE reddest and most important carpet existing in film industry. Looking relaxed, happy and smiling all over his face, he actually belongs there, in the middle of all of these stars who all pretend being very important and very Hollywood -ish. Benedict rules them all.

“It’s a non stop party. 
We’re going non verbal and dance.”
Benedict Cumberbatch after the ceremony

Despite the fact that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and Cumbercollective is sure he will be in for one next year probably for the upcoming film about Alan Turing “The Imitation Game”,  Benedict was the hidden winner of the ceremony. Yes, he presented Catherine Martin together with Jennifer Garner  for the award for best production design for The Great Gatsby. He cried during Lupita Nyong’s accepting speech for best supporting actress, he smiled and laughed on stage together with the crew of “12 Years a Slave”  and couldn’t stop smiling through all the interviews he gave before and after the ceremony.

Lupita Nyong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Screenshot: pb

Benedict seemed to be and still is all over the internet and especially twitter went mad when fans realized that he really was photobombing U2, giving nothing at all to ceremonial rules by being DorkyBatch and apparently being very proud of himself.

The photobombing shared by @fangirlfreak21 on Twitter

A feeling he shared with his fans lots of them watching the Oscar broadcast no matter how late or early it was due to timeshift, giggling and smiling with their beloved man, demanding only one thing: Please don’t behave like an adult, Benedict, and give us more of your DapperDorkBatch. You’ll get more of these writings and more Cumbercupcakes, ehm Muffins as you name them.

Photobomb – in Cupcakes by @vereentjoengB

Bücher meines Jahres

Jedes Jahr schreibe ich meine persönliche Lesestatistik auf. Ganz altmodisch mit Füller auf Papier. Am Ende des Jahres wundere ich mich, dass ich viel oder wenig gelesen habe (im Vergleich zum Jahr zuvor), was ich gelesen habe und wie.

Demnach schaut 2013 so aus:
Gesamt: 34 Bücher
E-Books: 10
Normale Bücher: 24
Englisch: 16

Und das habe ich gelesen – selbstverständlich ohne Anspruch auf den ultimativen, weil hochgeistig durchdachten und literaturwissenschaftlich tiefgründig aufbereiteten Lesebefehl.

JRR Tolkien: Der kleine Hobbit:

In einer alten, schulerprobten, aber gut erhaltenen dtv-Ausgabe, natürlich als Vorbereitung auf den Film. Als Nachbereitung liegt die englische Version in einer Jubiläumsausgabe schon bereit.

Steven Levy: In the Plex

Ein interessantes Buch über Google, wie die Firma denkt, arbeitet und unser Leben verändert, wie es im deutschen Untertitel heißt.

Jussi Adler-Olsen: Das Washington-Dekret

Ich bekenne, ich habe den Thriller nicht bis zum Ende gelesen, was aber nicht heißt, dass ihn andere nicht spannend finden werden.

Lukas Hartmann: Räuberleben, Der Konvoi:

Beide Bücher sind nicht unbedingt die, die ich zum Kennenlernen von Hartmann empfehlen würde. Wer den Schweizer Schriftsteller mag, muss sie aber lesen.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

Natürlich Sherlock: A Study in Scarlett, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Empfehlenswert sind aber unbedingt auch: A Life in Letters und Sherlock Holmes Handbook von Christopher Redmond.
Dazu passen:
Anthony Horowitz: Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes. Ein neuer Sherlock-Holmes-Roman, der tatsächlich wirkt, als sei der große Detektiv niemals weg gewesen.
Lynnette Porter: Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century. Die Essays beschäftigen sich mit unterschiedlichen modernen Adaptionen der Figur, mal mehr, mal weniger wissenschaftlich.

Ford Madox Ford: Parade’s End

Die vier Bände um den englischen Gentleman Christopher Tietjens sind beste Unterhaltung in der Zeit vor, während und nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Leider sind deutsche Ausgaben nur noch antiquarisch erhältlich.

Donna Leon: Tierische Profile

Der alljährliche Venedig-Krimi mit dem liebenswerten Commissario Guido Brunetti ist für mich ein Muss.

Robert Musil: Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß

Das Erstlingswerk des österreichischen Autors über pubertierende Jugendliche in einem katholischen Internat ist überraschend modern.

John William: Stoner

Wenn sich der Klappentext vor Lobpreisungen überschlägt, werde ich skeptisch. Bei diesem Roman allerdings sind sie berechtigt: Stoner ist ein zu unrecht vergessenes großes amerikanisches Werk.

Lynnette Porter: Benedict Cumberbatch in Transition

Für Fans ein Muss – für alle anderen eine Verschwendung

Martin Sutter: Almen und die Dahlien

Wer sich in der Welt der Schönen und Reichen nicht langweilt, wird sich beim dritten Fall des Detektivs Johann Friedrich von Allmen prächtig amüsieren.

George Orwell: 1984

Meine alte Ausgabe habe ich aus aktuellem Anlass wieder aus der Regal geholt. Lesenswert wie immer.

Matt Dickinson: Die Macht des Schmetterlings:

Dieser Roman über die Chaostheorie ist eigentlich ein Jugendroman. Eigentlich. Denn er ist auch für Erwachsene spannend und beste Unterhaltung!

Daniel Domscheit-Berg: Inside Wikileaks

Nein, es ist keine Dokumentation. Und nein, das Buch ist kein literarisches Meisterwerk, sondern die Erinnerungen des Autors an seine Zeit bei Wikileaks. Lesenwert ist es allemal.

Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing – The Enigma

Eine der besten Biografien, die ich seit langem gelesen habe und ein wunderbar lesenswertes Werk über den großen britischen Wissenschaftler Alan Turing, der entscheidend mithalf, den Code der Deutschen im Zweiten Weltkrieg zu entschlüsseln. Leider nicht auf Deutsch erhältlich.
[Update 29. März 2014: Es gibt eine deutsche Taschenbuchausgabe im Springer-Verlag, Wien. Sie ist laut verlegerischer Notiz eine vollständige Übersetzung der englischen Ausgabe von 1983. Meine englische Taschenbuchausgabe ist eine Neuauflage von 2012, die im Gegensatz zur deutchen Ausgabe ein paar Fotos enthält.].
Dazu passt:
Alan  M. Turing – die Erinnerungen seiner Mutter Sara Turing.

Henning Mankell: Mord im Herbst

Ein neuer Fall für den schwedischen Kommissar Wallander, leider aber keine Fortsetzung.

Solomon Northup: 12 Years A Slave

Die erschütternde Lebensgeschichte eines freien Mannes, der in die Sklaverei verkauft wurde. Leider nicht auf Deutsch erhältlich.

Ian Mc Ewan – meine persönliche Entdeckung des Jahres:

Amsterdam,
Abbitte,
Honig,
Cement Garden

Lesetipps

Ein Buch zu Weihnachten geht immer – im Zweifel kann man es ja selbst behalten. Diese Buchtipps sind vollkommen subjektiv, ohne Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit und legen auch keinen Wert auf Aktualität.

Meine Entdeckung des Jahres: Ian McEwan

Ein guter Einstieg ist “Abbitte”, in der die Fantasie einer 13-Jährigen ungeahnte Auswirkungen hat. Aber auch “Amsterdam” und der erst kürzlich erschienene Roman “Honig” sind lesenswert. Alle Bücher sind bei Diogenes erschienen.

Unbedingt lesen

John Williams: Stoner, dtv
Wenn ein Roman als Meisterwerk gepriesen wird, obwohl er seit Jahren vergessen wurde, dann bin ich immer etwas skeptisch. Bei “Stoner” ist aber jegliches Lob angebracht. Denn die Geschichte eines Mannes, der auf einer Farm aufwächst, seine Liebe zur Literatur entdeckt und  Professor statt Farmer wird, ist zwar alles andere als aufregend. Sie ist aber so eindringlich und meisterhaft erzählt, dass man das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen will.

Biographisches

Daniel Domscheit-Berg: Inside Wikileaks
Die bei Ullstein erschienenen Erinnerungen sind weder objektiv noch erheben sie den Anspruch eine Dokumentation zu sein. Sie geben aber einen guten Eindruck wie die Arbeit bei Wikileaks gewesen sein mag. Und sie mögen den ein oder anderen anregen, sich weiter mit diesem Thema zu beschäftigen. Domscheit-Bergs Erinnerungen waren auch Vorlage für den Film “Inside Wikileaks”.

Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing – The Enigma
Leider ist diese Biographie des Mannes, der half, den deutschen Code im Zweiten Weltkrieg zu entschlüsseln, nur antiquarisch auf Deutsch erhältlich. Wer sich aber ans englische Original bei Vintage wagt und nicht vor mathematischen Ausführungen zurückschreckt, lernt einen Mann kennen, der seiner Zeit weit voraus war und schon über Computer nachdachte, als das Wort noch nicht erfunden war.

Alte Bekannte

Henning Mankell: Mord im Herbst
Der schwedische Kommissar Kurt Wallander ist zurück – leider aber nur in einem Fall, der zeitlich vor dem Roman “Der Feind im Schatten” (Zsolnay) spielt und erst jetzt zur Veröffentlichung freigegeben wurde. Wallander will endlich ein Haus kaufen und sein Leben ändern. Als er bei der Besichtigung eines passenden Objekts aber über eine skelettierte Hand stolpert, ändert er seinen Entschluss. “Mord im Herbst” ist zwar nur eine kurze Erzählung, zeigt Wallander aber so, wie ihn seine Fans immer lieben werden.

Anthony Horowitz: Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes
Es ist, als sei Sherlock Holmes niemals fort gewesen, steht auf dem Rücken des Taschenbuchs (Insel) – was Sherlockians misstrauisch werden lässt. Doch das ist vollkommen unbegründet, wie sich schon nach wenigen Zeilen zeigt. Horowitz (und dessen Übersetzer) zeigt den berühmtesten Detektiv aller Zeiten in einem Fall, den sein Biograph Dr. John Watson bisher einfach noch nicht niedergeschrieben hat und der Arthur Conan Doyle würdig ist.

The Fifth Estate

Whoever has been living under a rock for let’s say the last couple of years and hasn’t ever heard anything about the online platform Wikileaks will have trouble understanding what the film “The Fifth Estate” is all about. And whoever thought that the film will take revenge on Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange, will be disappointed.

Maybe all visionaries have something in common. They believe in an idea, they fight for with all their powers and sometimes with every means they can get their hands on. Because they deeply believe that what they are doing is right. That is what makes them special. Others can’t really get what this is all about, because they do not understand. Julian Assange is a visionary, inspired by his believe that all information should be accessible by everybody. That’s why he established Wikileaks, why he has fought and is still fighting for his believes against everything and every person, including his nearest friend Daniel Domscheit-Berg – thoughtlessly hurting feelings and causing disappointment on each side.

Making things visible that are not visible

Director Bill Condon concentrates his work on the relationship between Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg. And if this isn’t enough to get along with – you know that Assange wasn’t amused when works for the film started –  “The Fifth Estate” tries to make things visible that are not visible: Websites, Mails, Chats, Computercodes and a lot of other tech-stuff most of the public has only a faintest idea of what those things are really made for. And so there are many flashing lines, different windows on computerscreens (they often work on Thinkpads by the way for anyone interested), a huge sterile looking office, an empty snow covered field, with a few camp fires and people hovering before their laptops when they are not too busy traveling round the world.

Brilliant leading actors

What is holding all the different scenes together is the brilliance of the leading actors: Daniel Brühl always grounds his Daniel Domscheit-Berg even when his enthusiasm is about to pull him away from his ordinary life which he finds boring but which defines him deeply – there is a scene when Julian accompanies him to Daniel’s parents who are so normal and so typically German that you as a German almost can see your own parents shining through –  and which urges him to end the friendship with Julian Assange.

Benedict Cumberbach – who was the baddie in the latest Star Trek film, is about to be Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game”, will hit the cinemas in “12 Years a Slave”, “August: Osange County” and gives voice to the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit” before Christmas (and we all are desperately waiting for him bringing Sherlock back to our telly) – Benedict Cumberbatch is hardly visible as a person.

Benedict is Julian Assange

Because he does what he always does as an actor: getting under the skin of the figure he is about to play, stepping totally aside and bringing the character to life with the brilliance of an actor who is said to be one of the best of his generation. His white hair, his totally changed face, contacts that cover the natural colour of his eyes is combined with totally unfamiliar gestures, reactions, different body language what all together helps Benedict Cumberbatch really being Julian Assange, at least the Assange of this film. A restless, hounded, highly intelligent computer expert who is at the same time lonely, isolated and very fascinating, who brutally pisses off his best and trusted friend although he earns him so much. “All I have got is a webside, a couple of fake email addresses. And you. Do I have you?” Assange asks Domscheit-Berg at the beginning.
Cumberbatch gives his Assange every feeling from a cold and calculating machine-like behavior to a soft and very vulnerable human being – and he manages all this brilliantly within a second and with very little expressions. But as so often you see the change in Benedict’s eyes. With all this Cumberbatch rules the film and dominates it but he doesn’t dominate an also brilliant Daniel Brühl.

“If you want the truth, you’ve to seek it out for yourself. That’s what they’re afraid of. You.”, the fictional Assange says in an fictional interview that’s wrapped around the film. The film – like in real life – he accuses of being an attack on himself and Wikileaks. But the film isn’t an attack at all. Partly based on the memories of Daniel Domscheit-Berg (who supported Daniel Brühl in his preparation for the role) and taking his point of view, the film can not be objective or even a documentary.
“The Fifth Estate” is above all a good and thrilling entertainment. And maybe it will get some to find out more about Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

You find the German version here.

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