Ulrike Draesner: Schwitters in the Lakes. Penguin (Hardcover, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Norway)

Schwitters in the Lakes

Original Title: Schwitters

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 480 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60126-5
€ 25.00 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 35.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: August 24, 2020

 

Ulrike  Draesner - Schwitters in the Lakes
 
 
 
 

 

A profound yet witty novel about the power of art in dark times

How do you begin a future that has essentially already ended, separated from your home, your language and yourself by a stretch of water? Kurt Schwitters is forty-nine years old when the Nazis force him to flee Germany. His success, work, possessions, parents, and wife Helma stay behind – and art gives way to the art of survival.

Schwitters's second life in a foreign language begins in Norway, then takes him to London and finally to the Lake District. Wantee, the new woman at his side, keeps him on course and his head above water, even when the word artist falls silent. With his Merzbau installation, Schwitters has discovered a new way to capture sky and serenity, shimmering meadows and transparent air. He is ludicrously disciplined, to the point of exhaustion. As we watch him at work, we learn that art doesn't interpret the world: It translates it into forms that move us.

In Schwitters in the Lakes, Ulrike Draesner follows the writer and artist Kurt Schwitters into exile, giving voice to Kurt, his wife, his son and his lover. Through a virtuoso blend of fact and fiction, she has created a panorama of a time when the struggle for freedom and art was renewed in the face of a world on fire.

"Draesner is of the best German authors."

Brigitte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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