Ý Nach Mitternacht ä Download by ☆ Irmgard Keun Sometimes we happen to come across a little gem of a book that had disappeared, literally, for decades After Midnight, written by Irmgard Keun in 1937 during her exile in Holland, is just one such book Now translated into English by the admirable Anthea Bell, the first since the original translation in 1938, it belongs into a select treasure collection of recently re discovered notable German fiction, written either just before or right after World War II Each novel depicts, in its own way, aspects of ordinary people s daily life during the early years of the Nazi regime Among these authors we find books by Hans Fallada eg Every Man Dies Alone , Hans Keilson eg The Death of the Adversary and Irmgard Keun eg The Artificial Silk Girl To this distinct collection of novels by contemporary witnesses we can now add AFTER MIDNIGHT In some wa I was expecting After Midnight to be one of those novels that s not that interesting by itself but sticks in your mind later as a reflection of its times I m looking at Mephisto Klaus Mann and A Tomb for Boris Davidovich Danilo Kis here Not so for Keun s novel of Nazi Germany, however I enjoyed the novel while I was reading and still had that feeling of this is great because it expresses pivotal history Keun s narrator, Sanna, is deceptively na ve She s young and all absorbed with romance and social relationships and then, boom, she mentions some aspect of Nazi control that s recently come to dominate Keun s characters lives The growing effects of Nazism on everyday German society accelerate quickly th Past Midnight Some stars still shine, behind cloudy mists Let there be sun tomorrow, dear God This book Written in 1937, set around the same time contemporary literature And today Is it still relevant Unfortunately, yes Who s going to read it The sane people They already know what s in it The insane people Reading is far too exhausting and boring for them Any bet you they have not even read Mein Kampf from beginning to end, and neither have I Who should read it Keun makes Susanne look clueless and na ve And then she tightens the screw and The head threatens to burst Too many characters Aryans and Jews and those of mixed blood are thrown together at the final party German women should have children, but for this a process with feeling is necessary
This novella length book was first published in 1937 and, very much like Alone in Berlin Penguin Modern Classics , it tells the story of living in Nazi Germany by a German who lived there Irmgaud Keun 1905 1982 was an author born in Berlin, whose work was destroyed in the infamous book burnings which took place under Nazi rule Arrested by the Gestapo, she was forced shortly into exile, during which time she had an affair with Jewish author Joseph Roth Much of this novella mirrors her life and you can feel the authenticity of experience in every line.
Sanna flees from Cologne after being investigated by the Gestapo for making unguarded comments, and ends up living with her half brother Algin and his wife Once well regarded and successful, Algin has found his work banned and is unsure about what he can write under the new political regime For politics 4.
5 StarsAfter Midnight was written and published in 1937 while Keun was living in exile in Europe having left Germany the previous year Deceptively straightforward and engaging on the surface, the novel is actually a very subtle and insightful critique of the Nazi regime, written by an author who had experienced the challenges of navigating the system first hand It s an excellent book, one that draws the reader in from its striking opening line.
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Sanna is an excellent observer and, although she is no Nazi sympathizer, is also far from political and does not stick her neck out Her naivete is not always believable and Keun does pack in the melodrama But that is a small matter in such a strong showing of the horror of what is to come and what already is Keun wrote Af This is such an important book that I wonder how come I had never heard of it before But then again, as Michael Hofman writes in his excellent and informative afterword to Keun s Child of All Nations I ve no doubt that, had she been a man, her work would have been made available in valorous box sets and collected editions First published in 1937, this is one of the strongest and cleverest indictments of Hitler and Nazism to see the light of print during that decade The story is told from the point of view of Sanna, a publican s daughter, who has moved from the countryside to the city, and is currently living with her half brother Algin, a promising writer, now blacklisted by the regime, and his wife Liska, a vapid beauty In the first paragraph of the novel, Sanna receives a short letter from Franz announ Sanna And Her Ravishing Friend Gerti Would Rather Speak Of Love Than Politics, But In S Frankfurt, Politics Cannot Be Escaped Even In The Lady S Bathroom Crossing Town One Evening To Meet Up With Gerti S Jewish Lover, A Blockade Cuts Off The Girls Path It Is The F Rher In A Motorcade Procession, And The Crowd Goes Mad Striving To Catch A Glimpse Of Hitler S Raised Empty Hand Then The Parade Is Over, And In The Long Hours After Midnight Sanna And Gerti Will Face Betrayal, Death, And The Heartbreaking Reality Of Being Young In An Era Devoid Of Innocence Or Romance In , German Author Irmgard Keun Had Only Recently Fled Nazi Germany With Her Lover Joseph Roth When She Wrote This Slim, Exquisite, And Devastating Book It Captures The Unbearable Tension, Contradictions, And Hysteria Of Pre War Germany Like No Other Novel Yet, Even As It Exposes Human Folly, The Book Exudes A Hopeful Humanism It Is Full Of Humor And Light, Even As It Describes The First Moments Of A Nightmare After Midnight Is A Masterpiece That Deserves To Be read And Remembered Keun s life, who was opposed to the Nazi regime, could be the subject of a novel at some point, she faked her own suicide to be able to live in Germany unbeknownst to the Nazis, who had put her on their black list her books were burned This short novel is, in a very quiet way, absolutely terrifying by describing the daily life of a bunch of ordinary people in Frankfurt under the Nazis, she shows with an amazing eye for the details that matter how unbearable, debilitating, difficult, and suffocating, living under a dictatorship can be Fear reigns, whatever you do, whomever you talk to, even when, like the heroine, you re a young woman who s not very political, a bit naive, and trying to find your place in society What s even chilling is how such a regime perversely destroy all that can be positive about a community