Lutz Rathenow: Sterne jonglieren

Boria Sax
1990 GDR Bulletin  
Sax, Boria (1990) "Lutz Rathenow: Sterne jonglieren," GDR Bulletin: Vol. 16: Iss. 1. Barbara Mabees Studie beeindruckt besonders durch ihre genaue Arbeit am Text. Darüberhinaus gelingt es ihr, ihre Einzelanalysen sinnvoll in einen übergreifenden Interpretationszusammenhang einzufügen. Gewiß wird jede/r Leser/in in diesem Band zahlreiche Ansatzpunkte finden, sich mit dem Werk von Sarah Kirsch erneut auseinderzusetzen. Kathie von Ankum Smith College
more » ... th College Rathenow, Lutz. Sterne jonglieren. Illustrated by Andreas Röckner. Ravenburg: Otto Maier, 1989. Many authors, once they have established themselves with an adult public, devote at least part of their energies to literature for children. This genre has many special attractions. While adult literature is constantly subject to fads and fashions, the tradition of children's literature is remarkably stable. Despite periodicattempts by adults to promote other styles, the major forms of children's literature have been, perhaps from time immemorial, the fairy tale and the nursery rime. Public expectations, at least since the later eighteenth century, have required successful authors for adults to assume an unnatural degree of egotism. To maintain this over the years becomes, even for the most arrogant of us, a perpetual strain. Literature for children, however, exempts authors from many pressures of both the literary marketplace and cultural bureaucracies. Lutz Rathenow has now published six books for children over the last five years. The first two, Spiegelbarchen and Der Tiger im Hochhaus, though charming, were probably written as little more than whimsies. The subsequent two, Ein seltsamer Zoo and. most especially, Floh Dickbauch are more innovative. Even their flaws testify to a serious engagement with children's literature. His latest volume, Sterne jonglieren, is the most deliberately composed of the lot. In the tradition of Lewis Carroll and Christian Morgenstern, Rathenow uses the nursery rime as a vehicle for metaphysical speculation and social satire. A good example is the poem "Ein Märchen," which begins as follows:
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