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Today is a bad, very bad day

A Moment from Jane Birkins diaries remains hanging, from today's point of view. Once, she and her Partner, Serge Gainsbourg, at a Rothschild Dinner. There she sits, next to the famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who begins to Pat her knee. She complained to Gainsbourg, the answer: "Let him, Jeanette, he is a genius!"

you don't take it bad, Serge, buys him an inflatable doll, although she handcuffs at the same price, "or the complete erotic Kit for ladies would have to get". In the case of the "Munkey Diaries" is a Hybrid of autobiography and the diaries of Jane Birkin over several decades, from her eleventh year until the death of their oldest daughter, Kate, in December 2013, has led. "The private diaries", so the German subtitles, in contrast to their public diaries? You can be private or public, they appear in two volumes, and this is the first. He covers the years 1957 to 1982.

Birkin warns in the Preface: "I am still very childish, I think, and exhausting." Generally speaking, she has to blame in the first years much, she can't find her sister more beautiful, in General, not as gifted, etc., etc., The tone is pleasantly clueless; she plays with it, your naivety issue, which is why it looks silly. Up to a couple of lost books, the diaries are complete. Have been deleted, according to the Preface only passages that could hurt living people, otherwise Birkins are reproduced entries completely. The you realize. Sometimes the world star achieved especially in the beginning grades, where a is from high voltage dizzy. "Wednesday" means it is about on page 25: "Boring, boring, very boring. Thursday. A documentary about green woodpeckers as they feed, get married and have children." The young Jane Birkin is Sylvia Plath and Goethe in a Person.

This is quite entertaining. "Today is a bad, very bad day, and on top of that, I feel bad!" about a great set. Or, on the occasion of the birth of the third child of Queen Elizabeth: "The Queen-a boy! Born at 16 o'clock on may 19. February. Maybe you will not call him Albert, I hope." She's right! She is, as she writes, still a student, and the recipient of your entries, your plush monkey Munkey is. The stuffed animal monkeys, after their days books are named, it has been placed later on Serge Gainsbourg's grave.

Jane Birkin in may 1969. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/)

Interesting is the diary of these years, in any case, from a sociological point of view. It is a beautiful insight into the world of the Upperclass, which originates from Jane Birkin. This origin was also essential for your career. Her father is a better society belonged to (in his family, his marriage was considered at least partly as a misalliance), the Showbiz Connections, your mother and your private school acquaintances they had in a society of prosperity, the artistic ambitions and the game of the vanities continues to grow. It is very clear how the British society was and in many respects until today. How do elites through a pretty brutal system of Private schools, in which newcomers from established students how serfs used for everyday services, and as a "Fag" (fag) were talking about. were generated Cool cultural scene and rigid traditional hierarchies often have more to do with each other, as it seems from here.

Untroubled by such Considerations, is Birkin 14 years old, gets Breasts and starts to think what is for you a direct logical connection. She marries very young and very unhappy, John Barry, her husband treated her bad, she scratched the legs with egg shells. Think a child would improve the Situation, gets pregnant, gets labor pains and is wearing Make-up before going to the hospital. Separation, meeting with Gainsbourg. What happens after that, is history.

your movies and albums you mentioned, rather on the edge, for it describes brothel visits with Gainsbourg, jealousy, a mother's feelings. She loves a lot and intensively. In this respect, the title of the "private" days of hitting the books yet. Their time and their art scene she describes, if only superficially, what is a strength of the book, but what is on the other hand, also has its limits.

Jane Birkin: Munkey Diaries. The private diaries. From the French by Barbara Heber-Schärer. Penguin-Verlag, Munich, 2019. 347 p., approx. 25 euros.

Created: 06.11.2019, 07:52 PM

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