Original Title: Wir waren noch einmal davongekommen

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 496 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-790-1
€ 24.90 [D] | € 25.60 [A] | CHF 34.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: September 21, 2004
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Wolf Jobst  Siedler - THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH


When 21-year-old Wolf Jobst Siedler returned to Berlin in 1947 after spending time as a prisoner of war, his former imperial capital was a ‘four-power city’ that had been reduced to rubble. But intellectual life had never been more exciting, and Siedler played a full part in it. In the East, he attended the premiere of Brecht’s Mother Courage, and in the West he saw the first German performance of Sartre’s The Flies and Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of our Teeth, the great sensation of the Berlin theatre season that year.

But it was young authors who caused even more of a furore, and this book tells us all about them. The young Heinrich Böll visited Wolf Jobst Siedler in the latter’s parental home in Dahlem. As chairman of the jury, Siedler awarded Martin Walser his first prize for literature for his novel Ehen in Philippsburg [Philippsburg Marriages]; and he met Gottfried Benn, at the time semi outlawed, who read him some of his unpublished poetry at Kolbe House.

Just after the tanks crushed the uprisings of 17th June 1953, Siedler was appointed secretary of the Kongress für die kulturelle Freiheit [‘Congress for Cultural Freedom’]. Aged 29, he was put in charge of the arts section of the Tagesspiegel, and became a trendsetter in the literary and cultural life of the divided city. Siedler is among the greatest individuals involved in publishing in the whole German post-war period.


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