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The author of himself : the life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Author: Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Marcel Reich-Ranicki was born of Polish Jewish parents in the Polish town of Wloclawek in 1920. At the age of nine he moved to Berlin and it was at school there that he discovered his deep passion for literature and the theatre. But in 1938, he was deported back to Poland, where he spent the war. Written with subtlety, intelligence and lucidity, Reich-Ranicki's account of the Warsaw Ghetto and the relations between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Marcel Reich-Ranicki; Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Reich-Ranicki
ISBN: 0691090408 9780691090405
OCLC Number: 47915502
Notes: "First published in English by Weidenfeld and Nicolson and in German under the title "Mein Leben" ©1999"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: x, 407 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 'What Are You Really?' --
'Half Dragged, Half Plunging, so He Sank ... ' --
Herr Kastner: 'To Be Applied to the Soul' --
Reverence for Writ --
Racial Theory --
Several Love Affairs at the Same Time --
My Most Wonderful Refuge--the Theatre --
A Suffering which Brings Happiness --
The Door to the Next Room --
With Invisible Luggage --
Poetry and the War --
Hunting Down Jews Is Fun --
The Dead Man and His Daughter --
From Quarantine District to Ghetto --
The Words of a Fool --
'If Music Be the Food of Love ... ' --
Death Sentences to the Accompaniment of Viennese Waltzes --
An Intellectual, a Martyr, a Hero --
A Brand-new Riding Crop --
Order, Hygiene, Discipline --
Stories For Bolek --
My First Shot, My Last Shot --
From Reich to Ranicki --
Brecht, Seghers, Huchel and Others --
Josef K., Stalin Quotations and Heinrich Boll --
A Study Trip with Consequences --
A Young Man with a Massive Moustache --
Recognized as Germans --
Group 47 and its First Lady --
Walter Jens, or the Friendship --
Literature as Awareness of Life --
Canetti, Adorno, Bernhard and Others --
A Tavern and a Calculating Machine --
The Sinister Guest of Honour --
Make Way for Poetry! --
A Genius only during Working Hours --
The Magician's Family --
Max Frisch --
Yehudi Menuhin and Our Quartet --
Joachim Fest and Martin Walser --
''Tis a Dream ... ' --
Thanksgiving.
Other Titles: Mein Leben.
Responsibility: Marcel Reich-Ranicki ; translated from the German by Ewald Osers ; with a foreword by Jack Zipes.

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In 1938, Marcel Reich-Ranicki's family was deported to Poland, where German occupation forced him into the Warsaw Ghetto. As a member of the Jewish resistance, a translator for the Jewish Council,  Read more...

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"[T]his autobiography is far more than the account of a literary career; it is an unforgettable piece of Holocaust literature."--Peter Graves, Times Literary Supplement "One of the great literary Read more...

 
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