By Wolfgang Koeppen
Translated via Michael Hofmann
A romantic roman à clef that tells the tale of Sibylle, one of many maximum literary femmes fatales due to the fact Salomé.Banned via the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual subject matters, 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 so much hilarious paintings, person who inspires Mann's Tonio Kruger. Set through the heady, pre-World battle II days of cabaret-era Germany, the radical facilities round Sibylle—a beautiful seductress who balances her amorous affairs with 5 males at once—and Friedrich, the callow, melancholic adolescence 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 e-book allows 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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