Richard Wagner‘s Dogs
Portrayed by Franziska Polanski
Yes, he does exist, the likeable Wagner: the dog lover, the animal rights activist. His dogs are even more likeable. In addition to the famous Russ, there were many more in his life. As mentioned in this book Peps and Fips and Putz and Pohl and all the others are portrayed on the basis of contemporary documents and for this reason a memorial is dedicated to them. The portraits of his dogs say a lot about Richard Wagner as a person and form a biography of a different kind. They also use Richard Wagner’s example to illustrate the relationship between humans and animals and the many facets of human love for animals. ”
Paperback, 200 pages, 24,80€ (Germany), 47 illustrations, Implizit Verlag, ISBN 978-3-00-057808-3
Foreword by Wagner’s great-granddaughter Daphne Wagner.
The book guides the reader through the cultural history of the 19th century in an entertaining way.
Wagner presented from the perspective of his understanding of nature and as a nature and animal rights activist, both resulting in a highly topical reference to our time.
A wonderful book by Franziska Polanski about great dogs, the nice sides of Richard Wagner and the love for animals. (Magazin Focus)
A important topic, thoroughly researched for the first time! The table ‚Dogs and Works‘ in the appendix is exemplary. (E. Büning, FrankfurterAllgemeine Sonntagszeitung)
Franziska Polanski, study of medicine, German studies, art history and theater studies. Assistant to opera stage director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle during her apprenticeship. Parallel to her work as a doctor and scientist she is the author of numerous books with absurd and satirical texts and editor. Many years of collaboration with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, author for radio, television and theater and renowned cabarets.