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After Midnight

After Midnight Sanna and her ravishing friend Gerti would rather speak of love than politics but in s Frankfurt politics cannot be escaped even in the lady s bathroom Crossing town one evening to meet up with

  • Title: After Midnight
  • Author: Irmgard Keun Anthea Bell
  • ISBN: 9781935554417
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 F rher in a motorcade procession, and the crowd goes mad striving to catch a glimpse of Hitler s raiSanna 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 F rher 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.

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    1. I first heard of this book and its author only a few weeks ago, when I read an article in the local newspaper in which a number of Australian writers were asked to nominate their favourite books of 2011. I don’t know why this particular work drew my attention, but I’m very glad that it did. When the book was published in 1937, Irmgard Keun was living in exile in the Netherlands, her previous novels having been banned by the Nazi regime. As the editorial note at the end of the Kindle edition [...]

    2. Sometimes we happen to come across a little gem of a book that had disappeared, literally, for decades. After Midnight, written by Irmgard Keun in 1937 during her exile in Holland, is just one such book. Now translated into English by the admirable Anthea Bell, the first since the original translation in 1938, it belongs into a select treasure collection of recently re-discovered notable German fiction, written either just before or right after World War II. Each novel depicts, in its own way, a [...]

    3. Past Midnight. Some stars still shine, behind cloudy mists. Let there be sun tomorrow, dear God. This book. Written in 1937, set around the same time – contemporary literature. And today? Is it still relevant? Unfortunately, yes. Who’s going to read it? The sane people? They already know what’s in it. The insane people? Reading is far too exhausting and boring for them. Any bet you they have not even read “Mein Kampf” from beginning to end, and neither have I. Who should read it? Keun [...]

    4. This novella length book was first published in 1937 and, very much like Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics), it tells the story of living in Nazi Germany by a German who lived there. Irmgaud Keun (1905-1982) was an author born in Berlin, whose work was destroyed in the infamous book burnings which took place under Nazi rule. Arrested by the Gestapo, she was forced shortly into exile, during which time she had an affair with Jewish author Joseph Roth. Much of this novella mirrors her life [...]

    5. I was expecting After Midnight to be one of those novels that's not that interesting by itself but sticks in your mind later as a reflection of its times. I'm looking at Mephisto (Klaus Mann) and A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (Danilo Kis) here. Not so for Keun's novel of Nazi Germany, however. I enjoyed the novel while I was reading and still had that feeling of this-is-great-because-it-expresses-pivotal-history. Keun's narrator, Sanna, is deceptively naïve. She's young and all absorbed with roma [...]

    6. One of the few instances when I just want to quote the book blurbs/review snippets, because all of them are spot-on. Keun wrote this slim novel, set in mid-1930s Germany, with a tone that is somehow light and devastating. Through protagonist Sanna's naive eyes and artless comments, the reader sees everyday Germany where Hitler's fascism has become normal. No one is safe; neighbors and relatives inform on each other and even a visit to the Ladies Room is fraught with tension about what someone mi [...]

    7. Keun’s life, who was opposed to the Nazi regime, could be the subject of a novel: at some point, she faked her own suicide to be able to live in Germany unbeknownst to the Nazis, who had put her on their black list (her books were burned). This short novel is, in a very quiet way, absolutely terrifying: by describing the daily life of a bunch of ordinary people in Frankfurt under the Nazis, she shows with an amazing eye for the details that matter how unbearable, debilitating, difficult, and s [...]

    8. A convincing voice, not a compelling one. I hung in there till the mouthy/heroic journalist arrived, but his voice―convincing maybe, compelling not at all, and concerned almost entirely with commonplaces in no need of elaboration―defeated me. Another would-be guru, shown (seemingly) without irony! I stopped 20 pages from the end with no regrets. On the upside, the translation’s good, there were some nice observations (the narrator’s aunt getting flustered over Hitler’s speeches simply [...]

    9. I really, really love when publishers bring old treasures (also known as a book in this particular case) to new light and new audiences. After Midnight is one of those books. This is a short book about a vivacious girl named Sanna who is living in a quickly changing world. In this sort of novella, Keun gives us a look at not only the world events changing the the course of history at the time but also how regular life still seems to creep in.I really enjoyed this short story. I had never heard o [...]

    10. Started this book in the departure lounge at the Atlanta airport, waiting to go home. Read it along the way to Toronto, read it some more after clearing customs and crossing back into Canada, and then finished it on the flight from Toronto to Calgary. Loved it so much that I gave the book to the flight attendant so that she could read it on her return flight to Toronto. Really worth it.

    11. It is difficult to conceive of coming of age in a society where politics permeates and controls all aspects of life, from relationships to what you say or do. Even firsthand accounts of life in places like Nazi Germany are limited because they can largely reflect only the perspective of the author. As a result, novels by contemporary German writers often seem to carry as much or more impact on understanding the times. Irmgard Keun's After Midnight is a notable part of that canon.Susanne "Sanna" [...]

    12. This is such an important book that I wonder how come I had never heard of it before. But then again, as Michael Hofman writes in his excellent and informative afterword to Keun's "Child of All Nations": "I've no doubt that, had she been a man, her work would have been made available in valorous box sets and collected editions." First published in 1937, this is one of the strongest and cleverest indictments of Hitler and Nazism to see the light of print during that decade. The story is told from [...]

    13. I picked up this book on a whim, mostly because it is part of Melville House's Neversink Library series. It was one of the best literary impulse buys I have ever made.Far removed from the expected serious or somber tone of other literature dealing with life in Nazi Germany, the narrator Susanne recounts the events in the novel with the light-heartedness, simplicity, and flippancy of a teenage girl. This style makes for a fast and enjoyable read, and it is also the most striking aspect of the nov [...]

    14. Another book chosen by author. My BA dissertation was about Irmgard Keun's The Artificial Silk Girl. I'm also familiar with Gilgi eine von uns which was similar in style. However, Irmgard Keun is most well known for her books about World War II, and this one in particular. Her main character was once again a naive but observant young woman living in the big city, trying to make it big any way she can think of and reconcile with her idea of what's right and wrong. The book is in the first person, [...]

    15. This is a very intense piece of writing, offering a glimpse of the life led by everyday people in Hitler's Germany.The tension runs high from start to finish as the characters deal with the difficulties of life, under constant threat of being reported for the slightest hint of offense against the regime.There was a sense of urgency about every scene in this book, which was a little tiring at times, but which I also think was necessary to convey the fear of the characters as they each battled the [...]

    16. I read an article about Irmgard Keun's life recently and decided to get ahold of all three of her major novels--this was the first one I read. I thought it was beautiful, sad, and funny all at once, and it was fascinating to see how much she could get away with writing about the Nazis. It's a really interesting perspective on the climate of Nazi Germany; so much of what I've read on that period has related to the Jewish perspective, or even the perspective of SS men or other Nazi soldiers. But t [...]

    17. A tiny gem of a book, this is one of those books you just happen to stumble upon by chance and then it won’t let go of you. Recently re-released here in the US, it has a small but loyal following who do their best to get it more wide acclaim and for good reason. Part of the Neversink Library (which I’ve mentioned in prior reviews) this is one of those books that you hold onto and keep for future generations to enjoy even though it may not be a best seller. With a simple storyline and even th [...]

    18. Amazing satirical novel that takes place in pre-war Frankfurt, written by Irmgard Keun, an antifascist humor writer in 1937 (her work inspired Anita Loos!!!). An obsession with Irmgard Keun has been ignited! True HERO.

    19. What a great book this is - set in Nazi Germany in 1930s Frankfurt, Keun takes us on a amazing ride through the quagmire that is slowly enveloping - and suffocating - the German people through the eyes of her twenty-something heroine Sanna - Keun was a brave soul to write this book in '37!

    20. 4.0/4.0I haven't actually read this book in English, just German. It's fantastic in the original, though, so let me know if you find an English copy and read it.

    21. This is a novel ABOUT 3. Reich written DURING 3. Reich IN 3. Reich. Read my review here:allthatglistensisnotoldsp

    22. Talk about bravery. Irmgard Keun sued the Gestapo when they banned and burned her books in the thirties. She wrote this book after becoming a literary exile, but she was in the Netherlands when the war broke out and found herself once again under the thumb of the Nazis. Somehow she gained a passport using her middle name and the surname of her ex-husband, then the Telegraph and a German exile printed her obituary, claiming she'd taken her own life when the Nazis invaded. It's not known if the su [...]

    23. "But what is a person, really? You never think you're good enough for the person you're in love with, anyway." Honestly the book started off great and interesting. But ended really quickly and rushed and messy. I felt like I was as drunk as the characters while reading the last few pages. Which is maybe the point?

    24. A well written book from an uncommon perspective: a middle/working class german woman at the beginning of the Third Reich.Food for Thought:"Dann möchte ich manchmal das Fenster aufmachen und alle Männer von der Straße rufen, damit sie kommen und sich wundern, wie schön ich bin. Natürlich könnte ich das nie richtig tun. Aber es ist doch ein Jammer, daß jemand ganz allein für sich oft am schönsten ist"(6)."Und er hat sie geheiratet, weil sie ihn bewunderte als einen dichtenden Gott und we [...]

    25. Irmgard Keun's After Midnight is a slim novel with a slim premise: Susanna and her friend Gerti have some nasty adventures in early Nazi Germany. "We are living in the time of the greatest German denunciation movement ever, you see. Everyone has to keep an eye on everyone else. Everyone's got power over everyone else. Everyone can get everyone else locked up." Susanna (or Sanna as she is called) discovers this the hard way, as she is denounced by her own aunt for making unflattering comments abo [...]

    26. I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The author has been rediscovered but with our hindsight it may be even more painful to read, and the urge to stifle the heroine more fierce. In its simplest terms, take a flippant, silly, outspoken, boy-crazy young girl and place her in the full flower of the Weimar Republic. Hilarity ensues. Or not.Take Cher from "Clueless" and plop her down in the "German" (that is, non-GI) scenes of "Inglorious Basterds." Now you have "After Midnight."

    27. WOW! I am so grateful to have discovered this pre-WWII era German writer. Keun balances her young heroine's naiveté with biting social criticism to craft a short novel that is one of the best that explains how ordinary people got caught up in the Nazi era. High school students should read this one! An incredible little book!

    28. Frau Keun kann Geschichten schreiben und "Nach Mitternacht" war sehr gut geschrieben, aber ich sollte es einfach mal bleiben lassen mit solch lebensbejahenden Plots wie dieser, der während der Nazizeit spielt. Das tut meinem Seelenheil nicht gut. Deswegen nur drei Sternchen mit Tendenz zu vier.

    29. Another brilliant book from the good folks at Melville House's Neversink Library. Irmgard Keun's second (?) novel is set in Nazi era 1930s Germany and is stunningly witty, full of acid satire and hugely sad. The whole situation seems a farce but you know it's not. Read Keun!

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