Evelyn Juers: House of Exile



I bought House of Exile when it was shortlisted for the 2009 Prime Minister s Award for Non Fiction not knowing nything bout its subject matter except that it was indirectly something to do with Thomas Mann He is one of those writers I ve heard of but never got round to reading It turns out that he was the brother of Heinrich Mann the primary subject of House of Exile When I realised this I toyed with the idea of reading Death in Venice online but the translation is so wkward I gave up fter page or two For the rest of this review seehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200 Interesting device juxtaposing contemporaneous writers Woolf Gide with the Manns Ambitious by turns captivating nd exasperating this sprawling book is like n enormous photomontage that popular German rt form of the 1920s made up of textual mosaics from newspaper rticles diary entries letters novels or on occasion FBI files These bits words phrases entire paragraphs Murder Go Round are usually unattributednd range from notes How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis about literaturend publishing to medication pets shoppi. Scintillating Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential and rather magical House of Exile isn extraordinary book nd really rare Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 accomplishment Michael Hoffman The Times Literary SupplementIn 1933 theuthor The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) and politicalctivist Heinrich Mann Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 and his partner Nelly Kroeger fled Nazi Germany finding refuge first in the south of Francend later in great despair in Los Angeles where Nelly committed suicide in 1944 nd Heinrich died in 1950 Born into wealthy middle

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You can probably imagine Thomas Mann features heavily in the book especially with regard to the competitive feelings he had towards his brother Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child as helways felt that he was The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a better writer than Heinrich Thomas is certainly famousmong English speaking readers Of Mice and Men and most of Heinrich s books were never translated into EnglishI only really had two problems with the book The first being that for most of the book Virginia Woolf is mentioned onlmost every page with diary entries nd musings etc until she finally nd famously commits suicide And s far s I can see there was no connection between her nd the Manns t ll so what her purpose in the book was I have no idea except that both she nd Nelly committed suicideThe other problem was that for I Was Anastasia a fairly lengthy section of the book it is writtenlmost s diary with very short staccato like sentences some being only Three Cups of Deceit a couple of wordsButll in Sparrow Road all it was fine book A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and is recommended fornybody who likes literary biographies s I do They re really the only kind of biography that I read. Is sister Carla; their friends Bertolt Brecht Alfred Döblin nd Joseph Roth; nd beyond them the writers James Joyce Franz Kafka Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and Virginia Woolfmong others Evelyn Juers brings this generation of exiles to life with tremendous poignancy The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors and imaginative power In train compartments ship cabinsnd rented rooms the Manns clung to what was left to them their bodies their minds Yoga: The Art of Adjusting and their books in turbulent nd self destructive

Ng for nd preparing food Juers The Neural Basis of Free Will also mines the writing of non German writers including Virginia Woolfnd James Joyce to contextualize the time nd the refugees situation Both style nd content re rresting nd Juers has mined sources unavailable to the verage English speaking reader But House of Exiles is Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, a problematic work of biographynd had I not been reviewing it I would have put it down long before the ending I was in the end glad to have plowed on The work is Past Destinies a reuiem for lost generation of German Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 artists musiciansnd writers If Wishes Were Horses and those that lived for them This isn interesting nd mainly well written biography of Heinrich Mann Thomas Mann s brother nd his wife Nelly Kroeger Mann It is primarily bout their years of exile s Heinrich was outspoken bout Hitler nd they were forced to leave Germany in 1933 going first to France nd then eventually to Los Angeles Unfortunately Nelly was by this time uite unstable nd often drunk nd eventually committed suicide in 1944 with Heinrich dying of natural causes few years laterAs. Lass family in Lübeck Heinrich was one of the leading representatives of Weimar culture Nelly was twenty seven years younger the dopted daughter of fisherman Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and hostess in A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 a Berlin bar As fars Heinrich's family was concerned she was from the wrong side of the tracksIn House of Exile Heinrich nd Nelly's story is crossed with others from their circle of friends relatives nd contemporaries Heinrich's brother Thomas Mann;

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Evelyn Juers is the copublisher of Giramondo Publishing and HEAT magazine She has lived in Hamburg Sydney London and Geneva She has a PhD from the University of Essex and her essays on art and literature have appeared in publications around the world