The Artificial Silk Girl: A Novel

byIrmgard KeunTranslated byKathie Von Ankum

June 14, 2011|
The Artificial Silk Girl: A Novel by Irmgard Keun
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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, more 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 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.
Irmgard Keun was born in Berlin in 1905. She published her first novel, GilgióA Girl Just Like Us, in 1931. Her second novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, instantly became a bestseller. After the war, she resumed writing under the name of Charlotte Tralow, enjoying only modest success until her early works were rediscovered and rei...
Title:The Artificial Silk Girl: A Novel
Product dimensions:216 pages, 7.99 X 5.06 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 7.99 X 5.06 X 0.5 in
Published:June 14, 2011
Publisher:Other Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781590514542

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