The Artificial Silk Girl

The Artificial Silk Girl

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/03/2019
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Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241382967
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 123g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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The Artificial Silk Girl
A Weimar Holly Golightly
And every bit as fabulous as that sounds. This is a wonderful sharply funny and devastating novella by a woman who lived at least nine lives and who deser... READ MORE
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