Peirene Press presents Ricarda Huch: The Lost First Lady of German Literature
Wednesday 1st March 18:30 at London - Gower Street
After the world wars, German-language writers weren't hugely popular among English readers, and it's only relatively recently Stefan Zweig, Robert Musil and Joseph Roth have regained their popularity. However, a wealth of these writers – particularly women writers – remain undiscovered. It's time to redress the balance.
Join Peirene Press as we celebrate the life and work of Ricarda Huch, one of the great forgotten figures of European literature, on the occasion of the first translation of her fiction into English: The Last Summer. Peirene Publisher, Meike Ziervogel, along with translator Jamie Bulloch and German scholar Karen Leeder, will be discussing this ground-breaking German historian, novelist and philosopher.
Ricarda Huch was one of the first women to study at the University in Zurich. She authored numerous works on European history, novels, poems, and a play. In 1926 she was the first female writer to be admitted to the Prussian Academy of Arts, from which she resigned in 1933 in protest of Nazi policy. Set in pre-revolutionary Russia, The Last Summer (Peirene Press) is a psychological thriller told in letters, detailing an anarchist plot against the life of the Governor in St Petersburg.
Tickets include canapés, wine and whisky/coffee to see you home.
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