Uwe Wittstock: Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany)

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

The biography

Original Title: Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Hardcover with jacket, 432 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-89667-543-9
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: April 20, 2015
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Uwe  Wittstock - Marcel Reich-Ranicki


"Literature is a game; you shouldn't take it too seriously." Marcel Reich-Ranicki

As a critic he had a sharp tongue and his judgements were feared, yet on the other hand he could enthuse about great books as no other and move mountains with words. But there was one thing Marcel Reich-Ranicki was never any good at – boring his audience.

Partly using hitherto unpublished source material and after talking to one-time companions and opponents, Uwe Wittstock has described the life of this bookman and music lover: from the hell of the Warsaw ghetto to a career as the most important literature critic in the Federal Republic of Germany – who, with his Literary Quartet, made sure that for several heated discussions about literature had an established place on German television – a miracle that proved to be unrepeatable.

Uwe Wittstock has completely revised his biography that was first published in 2005 by Blessing and added a great deal of new information and photographs plus a review of the last eight years of the life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who died in 2013.

"This biographer has succeeded in capturing the entire range of Marcel Reich-Ranicki’s character."

Deutsche Welle Online


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