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Author: Irmgard Keun
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BIC Subject: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Published By: Penguin
 
Published: 07-Jan-2020
Format: Paperback, 176 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9780241391822
Stock Code: 1391822
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Nineteen-year-old Sanna just wants to drink her beer in peace, but that's difficult when Hitler has come to town and his motorcade is blocking the streets of Frankfurt. And now life seems more complicated every day. Her best friend Gerti is in love with a Jewish boy, her brother writes books that have been put on a black list and her own aunt may denounce her to the authorities at any moment...

Keun's masterpiece, written after she had fled Nazi Germany, captures the hysteria and horror of the era with devastating vividness and redemptive humour.Nineteen-year-old Sanna just wants to drink her beer in peace, but that's difficult when Hitler has come to town and his motorcade is blocking the streets of Frankfurt. And now life seems more complicated every day. Her best friend Gerti is in love with a Jewish boy, her brother writes books that have been put on a black list and her own aunt may denounce her to the authorities at any moment...

Keun's masterpiece, written after she had fled Nazi Germany, captures the hysteria and horror of the era with devastating vividness and redemptive humour.
Irmgard Keun was born in Berlin in 1905 and found instant success with her novels Gilgi (1931) and The Artificial Silk Girl (1932). Everything changed in 1933 when the Nazis blacklisted her and destroyed her books; in response, she attempted to sue the Gestapo for loss of earnings. She left Germany (and her husband) in 1936 and lived in exile in Europe, where she wrote Child of All Nations (1936) and After Midnight (1937). She sneaked back into Germany in 1940 under a false name and spent the rest of the war in Cologne. In later years, she wrote for magazines and radio and raised a daughter alone. She died in 1982.
 
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