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Description - Gilgi by Irmgard Keun

"The stirring, never-before-translated story of a single, pregnant, and wickedly nervy young secretary making her way through a Germany succumbing to the Nazis. Written when the author was only 19 years old, Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany, selling hundreds of thousands of copies, inspiring numerous imitators, and making Irmgard Keun a household name a reputation that was only heightened when, a few years later, the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties. The story of a young woman trying to establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism, Gilgi was not only a brave story, but revolutionary in its depiction of women's issues, at the same time that it was, simply, an absorbing and stirring tale of a dauntless spirit. Gilgi is a secretary in a hosiery firm, but she's not going to stay there for long- she's disciplined and ambitious, taking classes in French, Spanish, and English, saving up money to go abroad, and carefully avoiding both the pawing of her boss and any other prolonged romantic entanglements. But then she falls in love with Martin, a wealthy businessman, and leaves her job for d

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781612192772
ISBN-10: 1612192777
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Melville House Publishing
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Irmgard Keun

IRMGARD KEUN become an overnight sensation in German literary circles with the publication of her first novel, Gilgi, at the age of 21. Her second novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, shot to bestseller status in 1932, only to be placed the next year on an early Nazi blacklist. Eventually sentenced to death by the Nazis, she fled the country again and staged her own suicide ... then snuck back into Germany where she lived undercover for the duration of the war. She died in 1982, shortly after her work was rediscovered by feminist critics and general readers in Germany. Translator GEOFF WILKES is a Lecturer in German at the University of Queensland. He wrote the afterwords to Keun's novel After Midnight and to Hans Fallada's Every Man Dies lone.

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