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At once a dystopian fantasy and a critique of sexual norms, Mine-Haha describes a unique boarding institution for girls—part idyllic refuge, part prison—where pupils are trained only in the physical arts of movement, dance, and music, before issuing them into an adult world for which they have (unwittingly) been prepared. The narrator is an old woman recalling her strange ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Hesperus Press (first published 1901)
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Orsodimondo
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germania
LO SPIRITO DELLA TERRA
Scritto all’alba del XX secolo, questo romanzo breve (brevissimo, cento paginette) racconta di un grande e magnifico parco, separato dal resto del mondo da un alto muro, oltre il quale è impossibile vedere, muro che si apre solo su un’alta cancellata di ferro tenuta chiusa da un pesante catenaccio

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”The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha”, il titolo originale del film non lascia dubbi sulla strada scelta.

Qui vivono circa duecento fanciulle che sono state lasciate nel parco alla n
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karen
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bore-rotica
ugh, this is yours?? you can keep it.

i don't care if marianne faithfull did write the giant back-cover blurb, i say "mine-blahblah"

but it was pretty close to being good. rewrite it, please.
Jesse
Even just a cursory glance over various analyses of Wedekind's short novella shows that interpretations tend to be just as conflicted and baffled as my own (*sigh of relief*). Because, well, this text is just weird. Really, really weird.

The story, revolving around an unorthodox boarding school young girls become mysteriously initiated into, places each girl into a hierarchical "family" of seven other girls, and over the next seven years rigorously trains them in ballet and to play instruments.
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Norae Lebowski
Una fábula que es como un sueño. Un sueño vívido y de colores hermosos pero velado en todo momento, ocultando sus verdaderas formas e intenciones. El relato parece ligero pero resulta al mismo tiempo turbador. Me habría gustado que continuase, no despertar todavía. Siento que Hidalla tiene una historia que bien merece otras doscientas páginas.
Dorotea
Dec 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
... what have I just read
Federica_punto
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Mine-haha, Frank Wedekind. Recensione Quello di Wedekind fa parte dei romanzi finiti nelle mia libreria a causa di un film. Un film visto tardi, per caso e tanti anni fa. 
Un film dal titolo misterioso, affascinante e, per qualche oscuro aspetto, inquietante: L'educazione fisica delle fanciulle di John Irvin. 
A distanza di tempo, leggendo il romanzo, mi sono resa conto delle inevitabili discrepanze tra questa opera e la sua trasposizione cinematografica. Differenze, che, per alcuni aspetti, mi ha
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Natalí
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: weird
A very weird book... the first story is a tale of the ironic innocence a girl, trained though her body only, passed her first years in a questionable environment.
I liked more the two stories that came with Mine-Haha. One about how lust can make us lose everything and the last one... how innocence may be killed by a broken heart. That one, I loved.
Chelsea
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This was . . . interesting. I'd like to read it again when I have the chance, just to figure out what I think it's about. It's so odd . . .
Tiffany
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
waited almost a year for this book. thrilled it arrive today. first read.
Lavinia
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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the gift
fascinating, fast, concise, disturbing, allegorical fantastic portrayal of 'education'/'discipline' of young girls in 1900s germany. idea is that girls need learn only physical, 'bodily' education, as children growing to age, maturing physically, intended for given future. this implicit prison realm i see as surreal and sexualized perhaps as also in the beautiful film shaped of it: 'innocence' by lucille hadzihalilovic (2004)...
Dita D'inchiostro
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mine-Haha è una parola indiana (dakota) che significa "acqua ridente" (germanizzazione del nome femminile americano Minnehaha).
A cosa ci introduce?
A un romanzo che ne porta il titolo.
Sottotitolo: "Dell'educazione fisica delle fanciulle".
No, non spaventatevi, non è niente di erotico o scandaloso da questo punto di vista. In un certo senso è molto peggio perché, nella perfezione della disciplina corporea cui le fanciulle sono sottoposte, si cela un gravoso segreto che riguarda il mondo che le ha
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Bouman
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un texto que apenas alcanza las 90 páginas y narrado desde la inocencia de una infante a pesar de sus más de 80 años, ella es una pieza más de un juego psicológico que parece no tener fin.

Tal es la magnitud de la historia, que aún pese a su brevedad y lo agudo de su...more
Russ
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Two short stories and a novella make up this collection. While I wouldn't use these three stories to indicate that Wedekind is a master of short fiction, but I would certainly be interested in reading some of his drama.
Dana
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was prepared for something extremely disturbing, but the book fell short. Having seen Spring Awakening, it was the kind of off-beat, detached, punishing take on/experience of teen sexuality that was in his other work. Left me kind of meh.
Mandy E
Jan 14, 2009 marked it as to-read
If anyone can find a copy of this book anywhere, as I'm afraid I cannot, please let me know and I will purchase it outright, especially if the edition is in German.
Found it! Herrlich!
Celeste
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dario Argento says Mine-Haha was the inspiration for Suspiria. Thanks to Hesperus Press' English translation, I finally got to read it. Well worth it, and Marianne Faithfull approves, too.
Haunt
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
un libro istantaneo, con tratti un po' indefiniti.
mi ha ricordato la sacralità de "I beati anni del castigo", ma senza la magia della Fleur
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Benjamin Franklin Wedekind, usually known as Frank Wedekind, was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism, and he was a major influence on the development of epic theatre.
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