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Professor Unrat

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Der vorliegende Roman gilt neben Heinrich Manns Werk "Die kleine Stadt" als eine der besten Schöpfungen aus der Frühzeit des Dichters. Er erschien erstmalig im Jahre 1905 und schildert die makabre Geschichte eines professoralen Gymnasiastenschrecks, einer Spießerexistenz, die in später Leidenschaft einer Kleinstadtkurtisane verfällt und aus den gewohnten bürgerlichen Bahne ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Rororo (first published 1905)
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Nancy Oakes
Seeing the classic film of the same name is not at all the same experience as reading the novel. In the novel, Mann tells the story of a somewhat tyrannical figure -- one who has always been "zealous for all forms of authority" and lives by a "narrow code of ethics" -- intending to rid society of a woman he sees as a corruptive influence (there is another major reason as well, but read the book to see what it is), but who instead lets his obsessions run away with him and not in a good way. The o ...more
Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 17, 2013 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro di rara potenza espressiva

La storia del Professor Unrat è stata resa nota da alcuni film, primo fra tutti L'Angelo Azzurro con Marlene Dietrich.
Leggere il libro è tuttavia una esperienza diversa, perché la prosa asciutta di Heinrich Mann conquista. La storia del professore che, umiliato da una grigia esistenza, odia tutti e, per incastrare i suoi allievi, incontra la cantante Rosa Frolich venendo risucchiato in una nuova esistenza dove saltano tutte le convenzioni morali è al tempo stes
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Greg Brozeit
May 24, 2016 Greg Brozeit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than thirty years ago, I saw The Blue Angel with Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich for a college course and, after reading German comics and soccer magazines my whole life, the first complete German novel I ever read was Heinrich Mann’s Professor Unrat, on which the film was based. A recent viewing of The Blue Angel spurred me to pick up the book again. I had forgotten how different each was from the other. What I also realized is how much more I liked the book, which was probably due to t ...more
Truehobbit
Feb 14, 2013 Truehobbit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hardly know why I 'really liked it' - for some reason it kept me on the edge of my seat. And that even though it has a number of structural flaws as well as a less-than-clear message (although that might have been part of the fascination).

The title "Professor Unrat, or the End of a Tyrant" makes you expect the Professor to be the bad guy but (at least for my taste) everybody in this book is equally bad, with the exception, perhaps, of the actress Fröhlich, who only has loose morals but no ill-
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Keksisbaby
Apr 13, 2012 Keksisbaby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
Der Gymnasiallehrer Raat ist 57 Jahre und als Professor Unrat eine Legende unter den Schülern und Ehemaligem in dem kleinen Ort. Einem Tyrannen gleich herrscht er über seine Klasse, denn seine Welt geht nicht über das Gymnasium hinaus. Vom Leben außerhalb der Mauern der Lehranstalt hat er nur sehr wenig bis keine Ahnung. Jeder der ihm begegnet gilt als potentieller Feind, den es zu Fall zu bringen gilt. Ein Rachefeldzug gegen drei seiner schüler die ihn verspottet haben, führt zu der schicksalha ...more
Philippe Malzieu
Apr 09, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
Vor der Kaserne
Vor dem großen Tor
Stand eine Laterne
Und steht sie noch davor
So woll'n wir uns da wieder seh'n
Bei der Lanterne wollen wir steh'n
Wie einst Lili Marleen

How to forget the suave voice of Marlène Diétrich in "The blue angel". In the family Mann I knew Thomas. It is because of Marlène that I discovered the older brother. With turbulent Heinrich, whose Nazis burned the books, we are far from "Death in Venice".
It is the history of a forfeiture. A professor psychorigide give up everything
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Andreas
Mar 29, 2015 Andreas rated it it was amazing
Selten habe ich ein Buch gelesen, das gleichzeitig so viel Hass und so viel Liebe für seine Figuren aufbringt. Irgendwo sind sie alle unsympathisch, böse und charakterlos - allen voran Professor Unrat, der zunächst eine Karikatur des hohlen preußischen Autoritätsstaats ist, dann zum Anarchisten und Amoralisten wird, stets aber von kleinlicher Rachsucht getrieben bleibt und bisweilen völlig skrupellos erscheint. Doch das Wunder des Buches ist, dass es auch seine hilflose Leidenschaft für die Bars ...more
Johann Guenther
Feb 27, 2012 Johann Guenther rated it really liked it
MANN, Heinrich: „Professor Unrat. Der blaue Engel“, Hamburg 2008
Das Buch ist besser als der Film.
Ein Gymnasialprofessor namens Raat wird von seinen Studenten verunglimpft und Unrat gerufen. Er will sich rächen. Eine Barsängerin kommt in die provinziale Kleinstadt. Drei seiner Schüler besuchen und verehren die Sängerin. Er stellt ihnen nach um sie zu verurteilen, verliebt sich aber selbst in die Dame. Aus dem Jagenden wird der Gejagte und letztendlich verliert er seinen Job. Trotzdem heiratet er
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Smarti
Jan 21, 2008 Smarti rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: students of German literature, historians, bibliophiles
Seltsamerweise scheine ich Heinrich Mann mehr verfallen zu sein als seinem jüngeren, bekannteren Bruder Thomas Mann. Von letzterem habe ich bis jetzt lediglich die Buddenbrooks gelesen: große, ja großartige Literatur. Von Heinrich Mann kenne ich mittlerweile allerhand: Die beiden Henri Quattre Bände, der Untertan, und jetzt auch Professor Unrat. Heinrich Mann ist viel politischer als sein Bruder und seine Kritik an der Wilhelminischen Gesellschaft ist hier, wie auch in seinen anderen Büchern, au ...more
Deanne
Enjoyable book about a professor's obsession with a singer at the blue angel and his need for revenge on those he believes have slighted him. Old mud as he's known Isn't a likeable character and it's not easy to like Rosa.
Monica
Oct 09, 2014 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
It was pretty interesting at first but then became incomprehensible. The characters actions started to make no sense and the reasons weren't explained, though it was laid out as if the reader should understand why and what was happening. It may be because of the major difference in time and place between myself and the author, resulting in very different cultural understandings of the world, or it could be a translation problem, or, the author fell of track. I was very interested in the book unt ...more
Cooper Renner
An interesting pairing of Mann's novel Professor Rath (here called The Blue Angel, because of the film) and the "continuity script" of the famous Marlene Dietrich movie based loosely on the novel. The two are very different, though the central character in each case is the professor who falls for a cabaret singer. I had never realized Mann wrote the novel (or that the movie was based on a novel) until I saw it mentioned along with Hesse's Beneath the Wheel and Musil's Young Torless. Mann's novel ...more
Realini
Oct 11, 2014 Realini rated it really liked it
Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann
What a downfall…or is it the reverse?


I am not sure how famous professor Unrat is. I knew about The Blue Angel, a film with Marlene Dietrich, but had never heard about the professor before this morning.
Sure, professor Rath is the lead male role in the film, but it is Dietrich who steals the show and makes everybody else in the movie forgettable.
The version I hear is an adaptation for Romanian National Radio, with George Constantin in the main role. If Marlene Diet
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Andrei Turcu
Nov 30, 2014 Andrei Turcu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, exquisite
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Jönck
Aug 13, 2015 Jönck rated it liked it
This comment won't be very helpfull.
I liked it, even better than thomas mann's: death in Venise. I know, it's a strech.
The writing is fluid, clear, easy but intelligent ( not pretentious ).
The only down note i'd put in is that i wasn't very content with the developpement of the characters.
I was very into the book in the beginning, sufficient in the middle, disapointed in the end.
izzy.
Mar 15, 2014 izzy. rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
Seriously, why do we always have to read such shitty books for school?
Roseb612
Dec 19, 2015 Roseb612 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roseb612 by: 1001
Znám film (Modrý anděl), ale knížku jsem nikdy nečetla - ve škole jsem se jí jako povinné četbě vyhnula a tak mě dost překvapilo, že kniha je o dost jiná než film (a to i dějově). Profesor Neřád bývá podáván jako román o úpadku starého profesora kvůli nevhodné ženě, ale pro mě je to paradoxně kniha o profesorově vzestupu - od nicky, kterou na ulici nikdo nepozná, po muže, kterého zdraví každý a každý s ním chce být zadobře. Je to kniha o proměně z muže, který se červená nad jednou větičkou v seš ...more
Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 17, 2013 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro di rara potenza espressiva

La storia del Professor Unrat è stata resa nota da alcuni film, primo fra tutti l'Angelo Azzurro con Marlene Dietrich.
Leggere il libro è tuttavia una esperienza diversa, perché la prosa asciutta di Heinrich Mann conquista. La storia del professore che, umiliato da una grigia esistenza, odia tutti e, per incastrare i suoi allievi, incontra la cantante Rosa Frolich venendo risucchiato in una nuova esistenza dove saltano tutte le convenzioni morali è al tempo stes
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Pamela
Dec 07, 2013 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eh, readin2013
One of the few books that is absolutely surpassed by the film.

I wouldn't say that Professor Unrat is a bad book, really. It's perfectly ... fine. The first third of the novel was actually quite interesting, particularly in regard to Rath's (in this translation, Mut--okay, fine, whatever. Just change the guy's name. Grrr.) impotent rage at his students. The scene where he goes to the cobbler to try and get the deets on the mysterious Rosa Frölich is pretty funny--the cobbler's thoughts on marital
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Annett
Jan 08, 2012 Annett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephan Frank
Jul 19, 2015 Stephan Frank rated it it was amazing
A gem of a book, entirely enjoyable reading (at least in German).
Mann manages to come up with a small literary miracle : almost every character is portrayed in such a way that you cannot escape disliking them, but at the same time find them fairly amusing.
Wonderfully detailed portray of the Willhemian society of a small town in Germany, with all its stiffness and strange norms.
Gijs Grob
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Yves
Jun 09, 2014 Yves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein literarischer Hochgenuss, besonders für Liebhaber von bissigen Satiren. Als Lehrer ertappte ich mich beim Lesen allerdings auch dabei, dass ich mich das ein oder andere Mal in Unrat wiedererkannte. Jeder Lehrer und jeder Schüler sollte dieses Werk gelesen haben.
Ana Artatouille
Oct 07, 2015 Ana Artatouille rated it liked it
one of the rare occasions where the movie is as good as the book
lärm
Dec 12, 2012 lärm rated it really liked it
Interesting book about a smalltown teacher.
In the Dutch translation, the main protagonist is called Metz. Misspelled as Mest, you get a nickname that refers to manure.

Heinrich does a good job in portraying a man who is stuck in his role as teacher. There are only two kinds of people for Metz: students and ex students. The entire book revolves around Metz trying to get revenge on those who take/took the piss out of him.

Heinrich is more accessible than Thomas: less philosophical and he delivers
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Rosario Gulino
Jul 10, 2016 Rosario Gulino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Unrat [1905]
Der blaue Engel [1930]
Pablo Mariz
Feb 27, 2016 Pablo Mariz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La triste decadenza di un uomo.
Miss
Jul 26, 2013 Miss rated it really liked it
The first book I have read of Heinrich Mann. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The portrait of the professor is really well done. I like to read a book where you don't sympathize with the main character(s) and you wait for your opinion to change, for them to change into something better. But that didn't happen in this book and that makes it even more interesting. This book is about hatred, revenge, personal gain but also about the meaning of life and the wish for acknowledgement.
Wortumdrehung
Überraschend träge, langatmig & redundant. Schade um die vereinzelten, sehr guten Passagen.
Hannah Bradley
Sep 14, 2015 Hannah Bradley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I know. One star is harsh but this was just bad. I don't know why there's so many good reviews on here. Up to page 136 was decent. After that is just jumbled mess that makes no sense. It was like pulling teeth trying to read this.
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A German novelist who wrote works with social themes whose attacks on the authoritarian and increasingly militaristic nature of post-Weimar German society led to his exile in 1933.

Born in Lübeck as the oldest child of Thomas Johann Heinrich Mann and Júlia da Silva Bruhns. He was the elder brother of Thomas Mann. His father came from a patrician grain merchant family and was a Senator of the Hansea
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