When the Nazis began destroying lives across Europe and artists became state enemies, Nelly Kroeger, a tall, blonde ex-barmaid, and writer and political activist Heinrich Mann - twenty-seven years her senior and top of the list at Goebbels' book-burnings - fled together, first to France, then to Los Angeles. This title tells their story.
When the Nazis began destroying lives across Europe and artists became state enemies, Nelly Kroeger, a tall, blonde ex-barmaid, and writer and political activist Heinrich Mann - twenty-seven years her senior and top of the list at Goebbels's book-burnings - fled together, first to France, then to Los Angeles.
Interweaving stories from their friends, relatives and literary contemporaries - Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, James Joyce, Franz Kafka and Virginia Woolf - House of Exile tells the remarkable story of Nelly and Heinrich, a couple divided by class and their own families, and of their unconventional love in a time of war.
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About Evelyn Juers
Evelyn Juers is an Australian writer, essayist, literary critic and publisher. She was born in Germany, moved to Australia in 1960, and has lived in Hamburg, Sydney, London and Geneva. She has a PhD from University of Essex, on the Brontes and the practice of biography, and has contributed to a wide range of Australian and international publications. She is co-publisher of the literary magazine HEAT and the Giramondo Publishing company.
House of Exile by Evelyn Juers
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