Marcel Reich-Ranicki: My Life. DVA Verlag (Hardcover, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100, Germany, Poland)

Original Title: Mein Leben

Hardcover with jacket, 568 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-05149-3
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Publishing House: DVA Belletristik

Date of publication: August 1, 1999
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Marcel  Reich-Ranicki - My Life


In his autobiography, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, the embodiment of contemporary German literary criticism, tells the story of his life as a Polish Jew in the "country and culture" of Germany and how he fared in the process.
When he was just over nine years old, he left Vlocklavek, his place of birth in Poland, to settle in Berlin, where, as a Jew during the rise of national socialism, he encountered the dark side of German culture. His luck, for which he thanks German literature, music and theatre, appears to be inseparably intertwined with the fear of German barbarism. In 1938, Reich-Ranicki was deported to Poland. As a Jew in the Warsaw ghetto, he experienced the most terrible humiliations which people are capable of imposing on each other. Together with his wife, Tosia, he survived the inferno. In the years after the war in Poland, he became a communist and witnessed the greatest betrayal to the idea of a just society, a betrayal committed by the ruling party at the time. In 1958, he returned to Germany and became famous as a critic almost immediately.
In a fascinating narration, Reich-Ranicki trenchantly portrays the stages of his eventful and moving life with many anecdotes. He tells the reader about "Group 47", describes his years as critic working for the "Die Zeit" weekly newspaper and later as the head of literary criticism for the "Frankfurter Allgemeinen". He remembers encounters with the great names of German literature of the post-war period, such as Bertolt Brecht, Anna Seghers, Elias Canetti, Thomas Bernhard, Heinrich Böll, Max Frisch, Günter Grass and many others.
The result is not just an authentic picture of the author's life but also an informative portrait of literary life in Germany.


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