House of Exile by Evelyn Juers
War, Love and Literature, from Berlin to Los Angeles

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Evelyn Juers' extraordinary book is a unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger - a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior - recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. In "House of Exile" their story is intricately interwoven with others from their circle of friends, relatives and literary contemporaries: Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, James Joyce, Franz Kafka and Virginia Woolf, among others. It gives us a poignant glimpse of a generation of remarkable writers who were determined to carry on living, reading and working in wartime - in ship's cabins, train compartments and shabby rented rooms - even though it seemed the civilized world was coming to an end. This is a unique portrayal of the strange, dislocated existence of the emigre, and how lives are connected and defined by writing. Evelyn Juers enlarges the boundaries of biography to provide an intimate, sensitively imagined view of an extraordinary time in history.
 

About Evelyn Juers

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Allen Lane. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences.

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The cultural diaspora of the Nazi years, through the eyes of Thomas Mann’s brother and unlikely sister-in-law.

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The Mann brothers fall out over the first world war – Heinrich opposed, Thomas in favour – and the rift lasts until 1922, after which family solidarity prevails, more or less.

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Juers is at her most moving in her depiction of the day to day harshness of life for women in exile and the personal cruelties dealt by fate and also men's unkindness to poor Nelly Kröger-Mann.

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