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neighborhood in the southeastern part of Berlin; has one of the highest percentage of immigrants in the city
152.11-12 More than any mere "Kreis" [ . . . ] full mandalas
Correspondent Igor Zabel offers the following gloss on Weisenberger's note, which makes sense in the context of the passage:
- "Kreis is not 'cross' but 'circle', here also in the sense of a social circle. We should, therefore, understand the passage in the sense that the social structure of the visitors was so complex that they formed not only a circle but also whole mandalas while sitting around the table during the séances."
152.16 Walter Asch
The last name derives from "asche": cinders, ashes. He is the first character whose zodical sign is mentioned: Taurus.
152.19 Wimpe, the IG-man
152.21 Lieutenant Weissmann
Weissmann ("white man"), who turns out to be Capt. Blicero, is the decadent character associated with one of the manifestations of the Lady V. in Pynchon’s first novel in the section "Mondaugen's Story." See note at 161.22.
154.23 "Die Faust Hoch"
Literally, "the fist high" or "the high fist." As in "hebt die Faust hoch" -- "raise the fist high." Clearly a Labor-Communist-revolutionary workers magazine. Now a rap group.
Beyond the Zero
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering
In the Zone
279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616