By Wolfgang Koeppen
Translated by means of Michael Hofmann
A romantic roman à clef that tells the tale of Sibylle, one of many maximum literary femmes fatales considering the fact that Salomé.Banned by means of the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual issues, Wolfgang Koeppen's first novel is ultimately showing in English. A romance that expected Beat literature via approximately 20 years via its dizzying language and exploration of informal love, this is often Koeppen's such a lot hilarious paintings, one who conjures up Mann's Tonio Kruger. Set in the course of the heady, pre-World warfare II days of cabaret-era Germany, the radical facilities round Sibylle—a attractive seductress who balances her amorous affairs with 5 males at once—and Friedrich, the callow, melancholic early life who obsessively pursues her.
In a stranger-than-fiction flip, Sibylle Scholoss, on whom the nature of Sibylle is (very) loosely established, is now in her nineties and dwelling in new york. This ebook permits us to rejoice not just the extreme renaissance of 1 of Germany's maximum twentieth-century writers but additionally the meteoric degree occupation of a German actress whose occupation used to be thwarted in its leading.
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