Artificial Silk Girl, The

Irmgard Keun

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 28-03-2019

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SKU: 9780241382967

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A hilarious, tragic novel about a would-be movie star in 1920s Berlin, from the author of Child of All Nations Doris is going to be a big star. Wearing a stolen fur coat and recently fired from her office job, she takes an all-night train to Berlin to make it in the movies. But what she encounters in the city is not fame and fortune, but gnawing hunger, seedy bars, and exploitative men – and as Doris sinks ever lower, she resorts to desperate measures to survive. Very funny and intensely moving, this is a dazzling portrait of roaring Berlin in the 1920s, and a poignant exploration of the doomed pursuit of fame and glamour.The Artificial Silk Girl was a huge bestseller in Weimar Germany before the Nazis banned it, and is today Keun’s best-loved book in Germany. Funny, fresh and radical in its dissection of the limited options available to working women, it is a novel that speaks to our times.

Additional information

Weight 0.123 kg
Dimensions 9 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 160