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  1. says:

    This is an interesting and mainly well written biography of Heinrich Mann Thomas Mann's brother and his wife Ne

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    I’ve read any number of fictionalized biographies—about Henry James Friedrich Nietzsche etc—that I have uite enjoyed This book doesn’t know whether it is a novel or a biography—though it calls itself a biography and so doesn’t truly succeed at either I don’t get any real sense of Emma or Heinrich as people S

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    I received a copy of this book through First Reads and I was excited to get my hands on it as the description sounded so interesting Sadly the book doesn't live up to its promise It claims to be biography but if it is it's biography seen through a kaleidoscope dimly The author describes it as 'a collective biography set in an age of fragmentation and flux' If her intent was to convey that sense of fragmentation and flu

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    Ambitious by turns captivating and exasperating this sprawling book is like an enormous photomontage – that popular German art form of the 1920s – made up of textual mosaics from newspaper articles diary entries letters novels or on occasi

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    Well researched Constructed in a most unusual manner with disparate passages long list of the names of European refugees dairy entries and long tracts of the thoughts of Virginia Wolfe The writing style whilst interesting does not engage the reader in a connection with the characters Its a bit like reading a very long list Good to

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    Haven't received my copy yet just received notice I had won 41612Receive my copy last night and can't wait to get started I will have to wait a little bit I have 8 others plus my current read in front 5212Started last night 6712Finally finished 61912Blurb from GoodReads 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

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    Interesting device juxtaposing contemporaneous writers Woolf Gide with the Manns

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    As rich and dense as wedding cake and just as hard to digest in anything than the smallest portions House of Exile is according to its cover 'the tale of the ‘unconventional love affair between Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger' To

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    An unusual biography as it follows the lives of two literary brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann The former I have never heard of But many years ago I can remember ploughing through a copy of Thomas's Magic Mountain There are a number of subsidiary characters including Virginia Woolf and Lion Feuchtwangler That name meant something as I can remember that as an adolescent a translation of his Jue Suss sat on the shelves of my local library I d

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    I bought House of Exile when it was shortlisted for the 2009 Prime Minister’s Award for Non Fiction not knowing anything about its subject matter except that it was indirectly something to do with Thomas Mann He is one of those writ

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DOWNLOAD Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ä Evelyn Juers

In 1933 the prominent author and political activist Heinrich Mann and his partner Nelly Kroeger were forced to flee Germany finding refuge in France and later. This is an interesting and mainly well written biography of Heinrich Mann Thomas Mann s brother and his wife Nelly Kroeger Mann It is primarily about their years of exile as Heinrich was outspoken about Hitler and they were forced to leave Germany in 1933 going first to France and then eventually to Los Angeles Unfortunately Nelly was by this time uite unstable and often drunk and eventually committed suicide in 1944 with Heinrich dying of natural causes a few years laterAs you can probably imagine Thomas Mann features heavily in the book especially with regard to the competitive feelings he had towards his brother as he always felt that he was a better writer than Heinrich Thomas is certainly famous among English speaking readers and most of Heinrich s books were never translated into EnglishI only really had two problems with the book The first being that for most of the book Virginia Woolf is mentioned on almost every page with diary entries and musings etc until she finally and famously commits suicide And as far as I can see there was no connection between her and the Manns at all so what her purpose in the book was I have no idea except that both she and Nelly committed suicideThe other problem was that for a fairly lengthy section of the book it is written almost as a diary with very short staccato like sentences some being only a couple of wordsBut all in all it was a fine book and is recommended for anybody who likes literary biographies as I do They are really the only kind of biography that I read

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House of Exile

In great despair Los Angeles There Nelly committed suicide in 1944 and Heinrich dies in 1950 Prior to their death they formed a uniue cliue of friends in exile. Haven t received my copy yet just received notice I had won 41612Receive my copy last night and can t wait to get started I will have to wait a little bit I have 8 others plus my current read in front 5212Started last night 6712Finally finished 61912Blurb from GoodReads 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 L beck 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 So I signed up for this book because I used to devour anything holocaustWorld War IINazi related and this sounded right up that alley Boy was this a difficult read This book is a meshup of a lot of diaries and letters between LOTS of people regarding everyday things during a time period that actually happened to be during the years leading up to and including WWII I would say only about 10% of it actually had much to do with the war and politics of the time period And even though their names are in the title only about 20% of it was about Heinrich and Nelly Maybe it was because I despised him so much but it seemed like there was about Heinrich s brother Thomas than him and Nelly in this book While there were small threads of thought that linked some of the 1 million other people mentioned to the Mann s there were some that really were mentioned that had no connection at all It was a difficult book for me to read because there were too many people mentioned not enough detail on any of them and it read like finding a huge box of old letters from hundreds of people that may or may not have known each other and may or may not have included interesting news Oh and there is a lot of suicide which I really get that actually happened a lot in that time period but the thing I kept thinking was of course they were reading Anna Karenina That would always push someone over the edge

DOWNLOAD Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ä Evelyn Juers

Crossing paths with the likes of Joyce Brecht Kafka Schwitters and Woolf House of Exile is a uniue work pioneering a new literary form the collective biograph. As rich and dense as wedding cake and just as hard to digest in anything than the smallest portions House of Exile is according to its cover the tale of the unconventional love affair between Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger To me it read like a dry academic tome about several dozen writers Heinrich and Nelly are at the heart of it but so thickly crowded by other lives they re rather hard to seeAlmost Biblical with its extensive genealogies and connections I found the first uarter very stolid indeed bitty unfocussed and frankly dreary Rather than the intricate weaving of lives described in the blurb it seemed to me to lurch heavily between its many subjectes from Heinrich Mann to Thomas Mann to Virginia Woolf to Kafka to Brecht to Joyce or any other of several dozen subjects switching focus from paragraph to paragraph with a bare minimum of connectivityIt gets a lot better as it hits the years immediately preceding the war then the war years themselves which are by far the best chapters Thanks to the death of so many of the peripheral figures the focus narrows a narrative emerges and the book becomes much readable something you read as much for pleasure as the good of your soulWritten in a strange style textbook than novel and full of pluckings from diaries and letters The House of Exile is certainly very detailed sometimes overwhelmingly so I took a lot of knowledge away from this book about events and how they touched the lives of each character but no feeling whatsoever for any them the style is too clinical too coldly academic to allow the people to escape from the words and become living breathing beings