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The Artificial Silk Girl

(1932)
A novel by

 
 
Before Sex and the City there was Bridget Jones. And before Bridget Jones was The Artificial Silk Girl.

In 1931, a young woman writer living in Germany was inspired by Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to describe pre-war Berlin and the age of cinematic glamour through the eyes of a woman. The resulting novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, became an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera. Like Isherwood and Brecht, Keun revealed the dark underside of Berlin's "golden twenties" with empathy and honesty. Unfortunately, a Nazi censorship board banned Keun's work in 1933 and destroyed all existing copies of The Artificial Silk Girl. Only one English translation was published, in Great Britain, before the book disappeared in the chaos of the ensuing war. Today, more than seven decades later, the story of this quintessential "material girl" remains as relevant as ever, as an accessible new translation brings this lost classic to light once more. Other Press is pleased to announce the republication of The Artificial Silk Girl, elegantly translated by noted Germanist Kathie von Ankum, and with a new introduction by Harvard professor Maria Tatar.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl
Author(s): Irmgard Keun
ISBN: 1-892746-81-6 / 978-1-892746-81-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Irmgard Keun
ISBN: 0-241-38296-3 / 978-0-241-38296-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Irmgard Keun
ISBN: 1-59051-454-8 / 978-1-59051-454-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Artificial Silk Girl, The
Author(s): Maria Tatar Irmgard Keun
ISBN: 1-5318-0021-1 / 978-1-5318-0021-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl
Author(s): Irmgard Keun, Maria Tatar (introduction), Katharina von Ankum (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl
Author(s): Irmgard Keun, Maria Tatar (introduction), Katharina von Ankum (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Irmgard Keun
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Artificial Silk Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Irmgard Keun
Publisher: Other Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA