By Theodor W. Adorno'My dears: this can be yet a quick observe to welcome you to the recent international, the place you're now not all too far-off from us. ‘ So starts off Adorno’s letter to his mom and dad in may well 1939, welcoming them to Cuba the place they'd simply arrived after fleeing from Nazi Germany on the final minute. on the finish of 1939 his mom and dad moved back to Florida after which to long island, the place they lived from August 1940 till the tip in their lives. it is just with Adorno’s flow to California on the finish of 1941 that his letters to his mom and dad commence arriving once again, reporting on paintings and dwelling stipulations in addition to on associates, associates and the Hollywood stars of his time. One unearths experiences of his collaborations with Max Horkheimer, Thomas Mann and Hanns Eisler along bills of events, clowning round with Charlie Chaplin, and ill-fated amorous affairs. however the letters additionally exhibit his consistent eager for Europe: Adorno already started to take into consideration his go back once the us entered the conflict.
Adorno’s letters to his mom and dad – definitely the main open and direct letters he ever wrote – not just manage to pay for the reader a glimpse of the studies that gave upward thrust to the well-known Minima Moralia, but additionally convey Adorno from a formerly unknown, very own facet. They finish with the 1st studies from the ravaged Frankfurt to his mom – who remained in manhattan – and from Amorbach, Adorno’s early life paradise