The Artificial Silk Girl

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 Golden Twenties 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, Than Seven Decades Later, The Story Of This Quintessential Material Girl Remains As Relevant As Ever, As An Accessible New Translation Brings This Lost Classic To Light Once 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. I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but not specific sexuality, particularly from the female viewpoint Female desire and sexual fulfillmentwho knew such things existed So the b I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but
I first encountered Irmgard Keun when I read After Midnight, her critique of Nazi Germany expressed in the first person narrative of Sanna, a young German woman who doesn t overtly criticise the Nazis at all In this, Keun s first novel, the protagonist is Doris, another na ve young German woman First published in 1931, Keun wrote the novel with the idea that it would be a German version of the hugely successful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The novel is mostly set in Berlin in the late 1920s, whe I first encountered Irmgard Keun when I read After Midnight, her critique of Nazi Germany expressed in the first person narrative of Sanna, a young German woman who doesn t overtly criticise the Nazis at all In this, Keun s first novel, the protagonist is Doris, another na ve young German woman First published in 1931, Keun wrote the novel with the idea that it would be a German version of the hugely successful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The novel is mostly set in Berlin in the late 1920s, where working class Doris heads from her hometown after she steals a fur coat Doris longs for love, fame and fortune preferably as a movie star and tells the story of her life in Berlin in the first person Less a journal a
Tilli says, Men are nothing but sensual and they only want one thing And I say Tilli, sometimes women too are sensual and want only that one thing A souffl with a dash of hard liquor at its center, The Artificial Silk Girl is a sly, charming surprise an undeservedly obscure, lesser carat literary gem that is nonetheless priceless as a vivid peek into the lives of bohemian poverty and amoral decadence in Germany on the cusp of Hitler s dark age.The protagonist of this odyssey is an arrTilli says, Men are nothing but sensual and they only want one thing And I say Tilli, sometimes women too are sensual and want only that one thing A souffl with a dash of hard liquor at its center, The Artificial Silk Girl is a sly, charming surprise an undeservedly obscure, lesser carat literary gem that is nonetheless priceless as a vivid peek into the lives of bohemian poverty and amoral decadence in Germany on the cusp of Hitl
I only recently came across this book when I became aware that an acquaintance of mine required it for a class he teaches on the Weimar Republic It is a remarkable book The narrator, Doris, is a working class girl and a bit of a ditz who narrates her story and describes her surroundings in a way that appears shallow and laughable even as it reveals both insight and folksy wisdom Doris has stolen a fur coat and finds herself alone in Berlin just trying to get by That means that she mostly moo I only recently came across this book when I became aware that an acquaintance of mine required it for a class he teaches on the Weimar Republic It is a remarkable book The narrator, Doris, is a working class girl and a bit of a ditz who narrates her story
Why is this hailed as a window to pre Nazi Berlin when the narrator s observations are not especially insightful, about her environs or about the times in general Why is this hailed as feminist literature when Doris defines herself in terms of how desirable she is to men and chooses to remain blithely ignorant of the world around her unless it involves increasing her desirability and odds of finding a man to take care of her There is validity in the comparisons to Sex and the City and Bridg Why is this hailed as a window to pre Nazi Berlin when the narrator s observations are not especially insightful, about her environs or about the times in general Why is this hailed as feminist literature when Doris defines herself in terms of how desirable she is to men and chooses to remain blithely ignorant of the world around her unless it involves increasing her desirability and odds
Giretto in libreria, luned , pioviggina, ma la poltroncina comoda e mi faccio quattro chiacchiere con la signora Entra un signore brevilineo sui cinquanta con telefono all orecchio Prende un libro al volo, lo posa sul banco davanti alla signora, mette la mano ha solo una mano in uso in tasca, tira fuori 20 euro preciso preciso il costo del libro e mette pure quelli sul banco La signora batte, scarica, infila il libro in una busta non biodegradabile e la porge all uomo che la prende e Giretto in libreria, luned , pioviggina, ma la poltroncina comoda e mi faccio quattro chiacchiere con la signora Entra un signore brevilineo sui cinquanta con telefono all orecchio Prende un libro al volo, lo posa sul banco davanti alla signora, mette la mano ha solo una mano in uso in tasca, tira fuori 20 euro preciso preciso il costo del libro e mette pure quelli sul b
Tilli says Men are nothing but sensual and they only want one thing But I say Tilli, sometimes women too are sensual and want only one thing And there s no difference Because sometimes I only want to wake up with someone in the morning, all messed up from kissing and half dead and without any energy to think, but wonderfully tires and rested at the same time But you don t have to give a hoot otherwise And there s nothing wrong with it, because both have the same feeling and want the Tilli says Men are nothing but sensual and they only want one thing But I say Tilli, sometimes women too are sensual and want only one thing And there s no difference Because sometimes I only want to wake up with someone in the morning, all messed up from kissing and half dead and without any energy to think, but wond
, , , ,, , , , , , , ,, , , ,, , , , , , , ,, , ,, , There is nothing fake or artificial about the heroine of this surprising work of fiction First published in 1932 in Germany, it was followed very quickly by its English translation in 1933 It was an immediate hit for a young author s second novel praised for its pointed sense of humour as well as the underlying critique of society The story, written in the fo
das muss man einfach gelesen haben eine bessere beschreibung des lebensgef hls der 20er jahre gibt es nicht

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  • Hardcover
  • 216 pages
  • The Artificial Silk Girl
  • Irmgard Keun
  • English
  • 02 December 2018
  • 1892746816