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    This is an interesting

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    I’ve read any number of fictionalized biographies—about Henry James Friedrich Nietzsche etc—that I have uite enjoyed This book doesn’t know whether it is a novel or a biography—though it calls itself a biography and so doesn’t truly succeed at either I don’t get any real sense of Emma or Heinrich as people Sentences like this

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    I received a copy of this book through First Reads and I was excited to get my hands on it as the description sounded so interesting Sadly the book doesn't live up to its promise It claims to be biography but if it is it's biography seen through a kaleidoscope dimly The author describes it as 'a collective biography set in an age of fragmentation and flux' If her intent was to convey that sense of fragmentation and flux

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    Ambitious by turns captivating and exasperating this sprawling book is like an enormous photomontage – that popular German art form of the 1920s – made up of textual mosaics from newspaper articles diary entries letters novels or on occasion FBI files These bits – words phrases entire paragraphs are usually unattributed and range from notes about literature and publishing to medication pets shopping fo

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    Well researched Constructed in a most unusual manner with disparate passages long list of the names of European refugees dairy entries and long tracts of the thoughts of Virginia Wolfe The writing style whilst interesting does not engage the reader in a connection with the characters Its a bit like reading a very long list Good to have been the beneficiary of such extensive research and as a result to learn about the bui

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    Haven't received my copy yet just received notice I had won 41612Receive my copy last night and can't wait to get

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    Interesting device juxtaposing contemporaneous writers Woolf Gide with the Manns

  8. says:

    As rich and dense as wedding cake and just as hard to digest in anything than the smallest portions House of Exile is according to its cover 'the tale of the ‘unconventional love affair between Heinrich Mann and Nelly K

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    An unusual biography as it follows the lives of two literary brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann The former I have never heard of But many years ago I can remember ploughing through a copy of Thomas's Magic Mountain There are a number

  10. says:

    I bought House of Exile when it was shortlisted for the 2009 Prime Minister’s Award for Non Fiction not knowing anything about its s

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characters à E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Evelyn Juers

Sing paths with the likes of Joyce Brecht Kafka Schwitters and Woolf House of Exile is a uniue work pioneering a new literary form the collective biograph. An unusual biography as it follows the lives of two literary brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann The former I have never heard of But many years ago I can remember ploughing through a copy of Thomas s Magic Mountain There are a number of subsidiary characters including Virginia Woolf and Lion Feuchtwangler That name meant something as I can remember that as an adolescent a translation of his Jue Suss sat on the shelves of my local library I did wonder what it was all about but never borrowed it to find out Nor did anyone else it seemed as I recollect it stood for many years unmoving There are many other characters as the book deals in the main with the response by the Mann brothers and many of their friends to the rise of Hitler and Nazism Heinrich lived in France until about 1940 while Thomas was in the USA and was eventually granted citizenship Heinrich and others crossed the Pyrenees on foot when Vichy France started handing over wanted individuals to the Gestapo By that time Heinrich was in his 60s and the crossing was an ordeal in itself Eventually he escaped to the USA together with his much younger wife Nelly Kroeger Things were not easy in the USA for emigres from fascism Heinrich was under constant surveillance by the FBI because of his left wing views The book is a fascinating view on the lives of those escaping Hitler much of which I was unaware of There are distressing passages when we read that one friend and another had been killed in concentration camps Much of the book reads like a diary with short sometimes unconnected sentences and hopping from character to character Sometimes it is difficult for a non German speaker to remember all the names but do not let that put you off

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In the prominent author and political activist Heinrich Mann and his partner Nelly Kroeger were forced to flee Germany finding refuge in France and later. This is an interesting and mainly well written biography of Heinrich Mann Thomas Mann s brother and his wife Nelly Kroeger Mann It is primarily about their years of exile as Heinrich was outspoken about Hitler and they were forced to leave Germany in 1933 going first to France and then eventually to Los Angeles Unfortunately Nelly was by this time uite unstable and often drunk and eventually committed suicide in 1944 with Heinrich dying of natural causes a few years laterAs you can probably imagine Thomas Mann features heavily in the book especially with regard to the competitive feelings he had towards his brother as he always felt that he was a better writer than Heinrich Thomas is certainly famous among English speaking readers and most of Heinrich s books were never translated into EnglishI only really had two problems with the book The first being that for most of the book Virginia Woolf is mentioned on almost every page with diary entries and musings etc until she finally and famously commits suicide And as far as I can see there was no connection between her and the Manns at all so what her purpose in the book was I have no idea except that both she and Nelly committed suicideThe other problem was that for a fairly lengthy section of the book it is written almost as a diary with very short staccato like sentences some being only a couple of wordsBut all in all it was a fine book and is recommended for anybody who likes literary biographies as I do They are really the only kind of biography that I read

characters à E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Evelyn Juers

In great despair Los Angeles There Nelly committed suicide in and Heinrich dies in Prior to their death they formed a uniue cliue of friends in exile cros. Well researched Constructed in a most unusual manner with disparate passages long list of the names of European refugees dairy entries and long tracts of the thoughts of Virginia Wolfe The writing style whilst interesting does not engage the reader in a connection with the characters Its a bit like reading a very long list Good to have been the beneficiary of such extensive research and as a result to learn about the build up of the second world war from the German intellectual point of view Also to understand the great movement of people through and away from Europe and what it was like for the displaced around the world