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The Artificial Silk Girl Before Sex and the City there was Bridget Jones And before Bridget Jones was The Artificial Silk Girl In , 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 inand 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

About the Author: Irmgard Keun

Irmgard Keun 1905 1982 was a German novelist She is noted for her portrayals of the life of women in the Weimar Republic as well as the early years of the Nazi Germany era She was born into an affluent family and was given the autonomy to explore her passions After her attempts at acting ended at the age of 16, Keun began working as a writer after years of working in Hamburg and Greifswald Her books were eventually banned by Nazi authorities but gained recognition during the final years of her life.

10 thoughts on “The Artificial Silk Girl

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    It was all thanks to the German feminist movement in the late 1970s that this novel got rediscovered and reissued decades after being blacklisted by the Nazis back in the early thirties Keun was one of many writers including Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth who were in exile

  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    You know those funny books that make you laugh while you read them, but they leave you sad and melancholy afterwards, for the bitter truths that you glimpse through the lighthearted banter This is a Charlie Chaplin film on paper, in a way It is easy to follow, it moves through the

  3. Jim Jim says:

    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

  4. classic reverie classic reverie says:

    Why I decided on Irmgard Keun s The Artificial Silk Girl for my next reading is because when reading Bobby Underwood s I Died Twice he had mentioned a book After Midnight by Martha Albrand which I looked up and came across Irmgard Keun s book by the same title I decided to read her first novel but

  5. Steve Steve says:

    Irmgard Keun 1905 1982 , around 1928I ve made no report of my rapt exploration of the culture, history and literature of the Weimar Republic which I have been anxiously scanning for parallels to the current rise of antidemocratic forces in the USA and Europe partially motivated or at least enabled by a ser

  6. Friederike Knabe Friederike Knabe says:

    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 crit

  7. Jess Jess says:

    He was tall and slender And he had a dark face like a powerful fairy tale. The Artificial Silk Girl exists awkwardly between exquisite stream of consciousness with evocative images that transcend the language barrier, and clunky idioms and demi monde jargon that have been distorted by translation.Please, please ignore the m

  8. Kim Kim says:

    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

  9. Stephen Durrant Stephen Durrant says:

    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 r

  10. Tosh Tosh says:

    Looking for something to read for a long plane trip, I picked up this book not knowing the author, nor did I know the novel The Artificial Silk Girl is a remarkable book on being a woman and in Berlin during the early 1930s Irmgard Keun has wit and incredible eye on the life of that city.

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