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Monday, September 07, 2009


Okay, I usually consider myself fairly open-minded, but I have to admit to being pretty appalled by the idea of a manga version of Mein Kampf.

I really don't understand the mindset behind East Press. I kind of appreciate Kosuke Marou's statement: "it is a famous book, but there are few who have read it. I think it is [studying] material for knowing Hitler, a man synonymous with ‘devil,’ and what sort of thinking created that level of tragedy."

But really, that seems to be more of a rationale for a simple translation/publication of the book than for making a damn comic book out of it.

Granted, comic books often make works accessible or more appealing to a wider range of people. But on the other hand, if you're not mature enough to read a book when it's not in comic book form, should you really be reading Mein Kampf to begin with?

I don't agree with censorship of the book, mind you. I don't think Germany's decision to ban the book is really the best way of dealing with the situation.

But really, I'm still wrapped up in the idea that someone actually sat down and thought "Let's turn the work of one of, if not the, most famous monsters in history into a COMIC BOOK." It gives me such a headache.


  • At September 07, 2009 10:28 PM, Blogger Elizabeth B said…


  • At September 07, 2009 10:29 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Yeah. Pretty much.

  • At September 08, 2009 2:16 AM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    I'm honestly curious as to how they did it.

    I mean, I had to read excerpts from it in high school. When it's not graphically anti-Semitic, it's very dry and rambling and abstract. There's not a lot you can visualize, it's just Hitler blathering on about the structure and functioning of the ideal national socialist state.

  • At September 08, 2009 4:21 AM, Blogger Menshevik said…

    AFAIK, one thing that one has to take into account here is that at least until 2015 (70 years after the death of the author) the German rights to "Mein Kampf" belong to the state of Bavaria, which impounded them (along with Hitler's private property after the Allies confiscated it in 1945) after World War 2 (Hitler's official place of residence was in Munich). According to some, this legal state of affairs may be open to doubt, but has not been challenged in court by Hitler's heirs. On the base of this the state of Bavaria has taken legal steps against uncommented republications of "Mein Kampf" in its entirety. (And of course the dilemma would be that any new German edition of "Mein Kampf" would implicitly carry the seal of approval of the state of Bavaria). However, in Germany you may legally own copies of "Mein Kampf" and can buy and sell them in antiquarian bookshops etc.

  • At September 08, 2009 4:31 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Menshevik: I won't make any claims to understanding the underlying legal issues. It's such a bizarre idea that I can't begin to look at that part analytically.

    Evan: It kind of makes it worse. Since it doesn't lend itself well to a comic form, they're going out of their way to figure out how to do it simply because it's such controversial subject matter.

    If they were genuine in their motives, it seems like a basic Japanese translation would suffice.

  • At September 08, 2009 5:33 AM, Blogger Menshevik said…

    Sorry if my post came over as a criticism of you. I just wanted to supply some additional information that really should have been supplied by Newsarama (who make it look like a simple case of state censorship and also seem to imply that the ban on "Mein Kampf" in Germany is complete). If I was registered at Newsarama, I would have posted it there, but I'm not, so I posted it here...

  • At September 08, 2009 5:36 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Oh, I didn't take it that way. :-) It's interesting information and I'm glad to know it!

    (Even if it'll probably take me a day or so to move past my current reaction and actually THINK about it. :-))

  • At September 08, 2009 8:55 AM, Blogger jhota said…

    i've read it. and have an idea why not many have; because it's awful. not just in its philosophy, but its structure. it's just a bad book. he was no better at writing than he was at painting.

    somehow, i can't even visualize a manga version.

  • At September 09, 2009 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, it's japanese. Over there, comics isn't just about super heroes or even alternative comix, it can be anything, like recipe cook books, or even a translation of disgusting books. A manga version wouldn't be considered that much weirder as a straight prose translation.

  • At September 16, 2011 4:27 PM, Anonymous Dominic said…

    For my part everyone ought to glance at it.


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