House of Exile by Evelyn Juers

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In 1933 the author and political activist Heinrich Mann and his partner, Nelly Kroeger, fled Nazi Germany, finding refuge first in the south of France and later, in great despair, in Los Angeles, where Nelly committed suicide in 1944 and Heinrich died in 1950. Born into a wealthy middle-class family in Lübeck, Heinrich was one of the leading representatives of Weimar culture. Nelly was twenty-seven years younger, the adopted daughter of a fisherman and a hostess in a Berlin bar. As far as Heinrich’s family was concerned, she was from the wrong side of the tracks.  In House of Exile, Heinrich and Nelly’s story is crossed with others from their circle of friends, relatives, and contemporaries: Heinrich’s brother, Thomas Mann; his sister, Carla; their friends Bertolt Brecht, Alfred Döblin, and Joseph Roth; and, beyond them, the writers James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Virginia Woolf, among others. Evelyn Juers brings this generation of exiles to life with tremendous poignancy and imaginative power. In train compartments, ship cabins, and rented rooms, the Manns clung to what was left to them—their bodies, their minds, and their books—in a turbulent and self-destructive era.

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 10, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The unlikely relationship between the anti-Nazi German literary lion and a bar hostess anchors this vivid if jumbled group portrait of a lost generation of European writers. Juers, publisher of Giramo

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“Approaching from a distance, hand in hand like lovers, the tall blonde and the old gentleman both called out to him — Brecht!”

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(She had nothing to do with Heinrich Mann or the California exiles.) It seems inexplicable, until, reporting on Thomas Mann's admission that James Joyce and not he "might indeed be the leading genius of the era," Ms.

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Arts Fuse

Juers raises many questions in House of Exile, though perhaps not the ones she meant to.

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