Child of All Nations - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Child of All Nations - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

(author), (afterword,translator)
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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 29/01/2009
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'Nothing short of a revelation ... I am still haunted by it' - Evening Standard

Kully knows some things you don't learn at school. She knows the right way to roll a cigarette and pack a suitcase. She knows that cars are more dangerous than lions. She knows you can't enter a country without a passport or visa. And she knows that she and her parents can't go back to Germany again - her father's books are banned there.

But there are also things she doesn't understand, like why there might be a war in Europe - just that there are men named Hitler, Mussolini and Chamberlain involved. Little Kully is far more interested where their next meal will come from and the ladies who seem to buzz around her father.

Meanwhile she and her parents roam through Europe. Her mother would just like to settle down, but as her restless father struggles to find a new publisher, the three must escape from country to country as their visas expire, money runs out and hotel bills mount up.

Irmgard Keun was born in Berlin in 1905. After leaving school and trying her luck as an actress, she began to write in 1929 and found instant success with her early novels, which were blacklisted by the Nazis for their ‘immoral’ depictions of the Modern Young Woman. Keun spent the war in Germany, living semi-legally under an assumed name.

Following the war, she made a living writing humorous sketches for radio and magazines, published one more novel and had a daughter, whom she brought up alone. At the end of her life, her books gained a new following from a younger generation of feminists. Irmgard Keun died in 1982.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141188454
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 157 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A delicious novel about an irreverent thirteen year old, Child of All Nations smokes and so does its heroine' - Erica Jong

'Nothing short of a revelation ... I am still haunted by it' - Evening Standard

'Hugely engaging... [with] room for everything -- shrewdness, forgiveness, wit and loneliness -- while love makes all its hopeless deals with hope' - Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces

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