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After Midnight

After Midnight

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Written by Irmgard KeunAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Irmgard Keun
Afterword by Geoff WilkesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Geoff Wilkes
Translated by Anthea BellAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Anthea Bell

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
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  • Publisher: Melville House
  • On Sale: May 31, 2011
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-935554-41-7 (1-935554-41-7)
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Sanna and her ravishing friend Gerti would rather speak of love than politics, but in 1930s Frankfurt, politics cannot be escaped--even in the lady's bathroom. Crossing town one evening to meet up with Gerti's Jewish lover, a blockade cuts off the girls' path--it is the Fürher in a motorcade procession, and the crowd goes mad striving to catch a glimpse of Hitler's raised "empty hand." Then the parade is over, and in the long hours after midnight Sanna and Gerti will face betrayal, death, and the heartbreaking reality of being young in an era devoid of innocence or romance.

In 1937, German author Irmgard Keun had only recently fled Nazi Germany with her lover Joseph Roth when she wrote this slim, exquisite, and devastating book. It captures the unbearable tension, contradictions, and hysteria of pre-war Germany like no other novel. Yet even as it exposes human folly, the book exudes a hopeful humanism. It is full of humor and light, even as it describes the first moments of a nightmare. After Midnight is a masterpiece that deserves to be read and remembered anew.