The Artificial Silk Girl

The Artificial Silk Girl

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Before Sex and the City there was Bridget Jones. And before Bridget Jones was The Artificial Silk Girl. In 1931, a young woman writer living in Germany was inspired by Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to describe pre-war Berlin and the age of cinematic glamour through the eyes of a woman. The resulting novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, became an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera. Like Isherwood and Brecht, Keun revealed the dark underside of Berlin's qgolden twentiesq with empathy and honesty. Unfortunately, a Nazi censorship board banned Keun's work in 1933 and destroyed all existing copies of The Artificial Silk Girl. Only one English translation was published, in Great Britain, before the book disappeared in the chaos of the ensuing war. Today, more than seven decades later, the story of this quintessential qmaterial girlq remains as relevant as ever, as an accessible new translation brings this lost classic to light once more. Other Press is pleased to announce the republication of The Artificial Silk Girl, elegantly translated by noted Germanist Kathie von Ankum, and with a new introduction by Harvard professor Maria Tatar.... about his mother, to whom he gave a carpet as a gift a€” and someone sold him a cigarette lighter thatdidna#39;t work and then wouldna#39;t repair it for himfor free a€” and3 mark80 is alotofmoney a€”he doesna#39;t throw his moneyout the window, but he does have to have his three ... he just cana#39;t get overthat cigarette lighter a€” andhe wona#39;t give anything to the broken man with the pink bandaids, because what wouldanbsp;...

Title:The Artificial Silk Girl
Author:Irmgard Keun
Publisher:Other Press, LLC - 2011-06-14


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