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The Artificial Silk Girl You know those funny books that make you laugh while you read them, but they leave you sad and melancholy afterwards, for the bitter truths that you glimpse through the lighthearted banter This is a Charlie Chaplin film on paper, in a way It is easy to follow, it moves through the strange world of the early 1930s, and it approaches the evil through the perspective of a young woman whose only wish is to become a star despite her dialect and generally uneducated background How do you go about You know those funny books that make you laugh while you read them, but they leave you sad and melancholy afterwards, for the bitter truths that you glimpse through the lighthearted banter This is a Charlie Chaplin film on paper, in a way It is easy to follow, it moves through the strange world of the early 1930s, and it approaches the evil through the perspective of a young woman whose only wish is to become a star despite her dialect and generally uneducated background How do you go about it Sexuality is the sword you fight with and also the knife that hurts you Doris sums it up as follows The principles Men are entitled to it and women are not Now I am asking myself how men are supposed to carry out their entitlement without the women Idiot Of course the men have a solution to that small issue They never marry the women they sleep with, as they lose all respect for them and want something pure for the altar By disrespecting the women who play by the same rules they do themselves they can keep the principles intact and the world in their hands Thus Doris learns how to navigate starvation and deprivation, and to distinguish between what she wants for herself and what she has to avoid at any ANY cost She does NOT want to be a woman who is respectable for keeping a household and offering her body to the same significantly older man each night while having zero input on personal choices Then being straightforwardly paid is better and leavesfreedom.She does not want to waste away in a dull job where the boss has the right to take advantage of her body by threatening to fire her if she doesn t comply And she doesn t want to have to guess which political opinion and religious affiliation she needs to adapt in order to be racially attractive in the scary times of surging nationalism in Germany Hers is a world on the edge of catastrophe, and all she sees and hears and learns is deeply shocking, yet familiar.What is so funny about this, you may ask Doris is Her entirely subjective, egocentric point of view, weighing morals and needs , calculating the pleasure of ice cream and wine from the top or from the bottom of the menu , her stolen coat which who becomes her best friend, and her hopeless love for a man who lost his heart before he met her, all of her existence is a film that she is constantly rewriting and editing and contemplating for effect.Doris may be fake silk , but she is the real thing Irmgard Keun 1905 1982 , around 1928I ve made no report of my rapt exploration of the culture, history and literature of the Weimar Republic which I have been anxiously scanning for parallels to the current rise of antidemocratic forces in the USA and Europe partially motivated or at least enabled by a serious, global economic setback since last December, but most definitely not because I haven t found anything worthwhile.However, an extremely funny and perceptive novel told from the f Irmgard Keun 1905 1982 , around 1928I ve made no report of my rapt exploration of the culture, history and literature of the Weimar Republic which I have been anxiously scanning for parallels to the current rise of antidemocratic forces in the USA and Europe partially motivated or at least enabled by a serious, global economic setback since last December, but most definitely not because I haven t found anything worthwhile.However, an extremely funny and perceptive novel told from the first person perspective of an eighteen year old daughter of a thoroughly proletarian family in the last years of the Republic is sufficiently unique to motivate me to pull out the keyboard and propel another unnecessary missive into the electronic ethers.Like her first, Gigli, eine von uns 1931 , Irmgard Keun s second novel Das kunstseidene M dchen 1932, available in English translation under the title The Artificial Silk Girl was a bestseller in a Germany teetering on the brink of a nightmare set to last twelve years and cost millions of people their lives In fact, it was the last of Keun s novels to be published in Germany until long after the war the Nazis burnt her books Asphaltliteratur mit antideutscher Tendenz and she fled into exile where her subsequent texts were released by refugee publishing houses in Amsterdam Max Pechstein, 1925One might think that a young girl whose ambition is Ich will so ein Glanz werden, der oben ist Mit wei em Auto und Badewasser, das nach Parf m riecht, und alles wie Paris Und die Leute achten mich hoch, weil ich ein Glanz binI want to be such a shine, way above With white car and bath water that smells like perfume and everything like Paris And the people respect me because I m a shine might be of rather limited interest, but not only is Doris simultaneous naivet and shrewdness completely convincing, as is her mixture of vulnerability and resolve her courageous and desperate efforts to flourish in a world designed to keep persons of her gender and class on the street corners or in the factories very engaging and her matter of fact attitude towards sex, shorn of all moralistic and romantic idealizations, quite unexpected in a text from the 1930 s but the entire text is told in Doris voice, and her clumsy and colorful German, oftentimes becoming quite telegraphic, is a remarkable spice in a book already full of strong flavors As Doris scrambles and slips time and again on the nearly vertical walls erected by the patriarchy, the monied and the educated, one realizes how subliminally critical Das kunstseidene M dchen actually is Despite Graham Greene s now laughable assertion that In five years time it will be unreadable, Das kunstseidene M dchen is being read again, and it is good enough that I ve moved two of her other books close to the top of my TBR pile When I wrote about Erich Maria Remarque s Der schwarze Obelisk Remarkably, after her untimely death was prematurely reported in the European press, Keun returned to Germany with false papers in 1940 and lived quietly with her mother in Cologne until the end of the war Keun s collected works have been recently published in Germany, but Keun wasn t rediscovered until the late 1970 s, too late to be of much use to her personally Her last decades were spent in financial desperation, alcoholism and, for a time, in a psychiatric institute I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but not specific sexuality, particularly from the female viewpoint Female desire and sexual fulfillmentwho knew such things existed So the b I am sure that I will read this book again In fact, I will probably buy a copyhopefully some entity like Folio Society will publish this gem Written in the 1930s, this book could only have been published in Europe, North American social s and sexual repression being what they were Some of the thoughts expressed herein concern frank and open but not specific sexuality, particularly from the female viewpoint Female desire and sexual fulfillmentwho knew such things existed So the book was published in Germany and was very popular for a couple of years until it was banned by the Nutzies Thereafter it was a regular feature at German street bonfires It seems that the fascists were opposed to sex and also took issue with the protagonist s mild criticism of the state of affairs prevalent in Germany at that time.This book is presented as the rambling monologue or memoir of a girl who has assumed the name of Doris There is little likable about her she is a thief, a liar, and she ll screw you for a sandwich She uses men to get by as she pursues her dream of becoming a star A dream that, the reader realizes, is unlikely to come to fruition In spite of all that, it is impossible to dislike Doris There is something a little off about herunhingedmaybe mentally challenged I couldn t put my finger on the reason for this exactly, but while reading it I was constantly thinking of Sylvia Plath and Louise Brooks Lulu from Pandora s Box She is instinctive but not overly bright, making her way through decadent and impoverished Berlin as best she can I couldn t help but root for her, a sad and lonely underdog merely wanting to be noticed Eventually she gets a chance at love, but you ll have to read the book to see how that turns out.I don t know why Keun is notwidely known every page was a delight to read, and Doris is a poet and philosopher without knowing ithell, without even knowing what it means I ll leave you with a favourite quote there are ManySo they have courses teaching you foreign languages and ballroom dancing and etiquette and cooking But there are no classes to learn how to be by yourself in a furnished room with chipped dishes, or how to be alone in general without any words of concern or familiar sounds p.118 Why I decided on Irmgard Keun s The Artificial Silk Girl for my next reading is because when reading Bobby Underwood s I Died Twice he had mentioned a book After Midnight by Martha Albrand which I looked up and came across Irmgard Keun s book by the same title I decided to read her first novel but read the second one thinking it was her first I find it extremely fascinating reading books from the past especially during certain times in history In this book written in 1932 which is fictio Why I decided on Irmgard Keun s The Artificial Silk Girl for my next reading is because when reading Bobby Underwood s I Died Twice he had mentioned a book After Midnight by Martha Albrand which I looked up and came across Irmgard Keun s book by the same title I decided to read her first novel but read the second one thinking it was her first I find it extremely fascinating reading books from the past especially during certain times in history In this book written in 1932 which is fiction yet it is not because Irmgard Keun describes to us Germany through Doris eyes This is not a political book but it has politics noted because really life has a tinge of politics everywhere The forward quote below basically says this While there can be no doubt about Keun s anti Nazi sentiment, her artificial silk girl doesn t really have any political convictions In fact, she is completely clueless when it comes to politics, and therefore a perfect example for so many Germans of that time who realized what they had gotten caught up in only when it was too late to do much about it In that sense, The Artificial Silk Girl can be read as an historical document, an entertaining and disturbing account of what it was like to be a young woman in Berlin as the Golden Twenties were drawing to a close The translator s note in this edition I must disagree with something she stated about Doris features a predecessor of Bridget Joneses, the Carrie Bradshaws, and the shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwoods of our day First of all Doris circumstances are dire as many during that time post world war 1 in Germany Yes, the modern times of today with regard to sex are so whatever you want I will not get into my thoughts on modern times regards to this but Doris was not just looking for fun with men but looking to obtain things that she needed She was not the so called material girl or bystander as the translator noted Yes, Doris wants to have a watch or have some nice clothes to wear and how to get them but through the men she meets She does not seem just any man but takes what she can She works but the income is small and certain amount must go to her parents She uses sex to obtain things and fun is not the factor She is not living the high life but trying to survive with some respect I think this story isakin to Ayn Rand s We the Living Even though the countries are different, poverty and many circumstances are similar but the ending in Keun s has hope Doris sees prostitutes and thinks how terrible that situation is but what she does could be counted as such Yes, she gets to chose but she is still selling herself I suppose she needs to think there is a difference because otherwise she would think she is sinking deeper into loss of self respect And yesterday I was with a man who came on to me and took me for something that I m not that I m not, even now But there are whores standing around everywhere at night so many of them around the Alex, so many, along the Kurf rstendamm and Joachimsthaler Strasse and at the Friedrichstrasse Station and everywhere And they don t always look the part at all either, they walk in such a hesitant way It s not always the face that makes a whore I am looking into my mirror it s the way they walk, as if their heart had gone to sleep This story is told by Doris who writes all that happens to her in this book and even though she does not want to show her inner feelings like a diary would, she shows use glimpses of herself Her writing is stream of consciousness which goes off into another subject but returns to her main story I found it quite interesting but with a sadness that almost every word emits and I feel it too Her friendship with the neighbor who was blinded during world war 1 told us about the differences from someone that lived before the war and someone born during and after She told him what she saw in Germany and after taking him to many places and describing, he does not see as she does in excitement but a gloomy depressing time She knows only this and after his reaction she starts to see a little differently The city isn t good and the city isn t happy and the city is sick, he says but you are good and I thank you for that I don t want him to thank me I just want him to like my Berlin And now everything looks so different to me The story we follow Doris and all that happens to her before she leaves Cologne and after she arrives in Berlin We get to see Berlin and the people through her eyes and the disappointments and her change of attitude from all that happens to her He was tall and slender And he had a dark face like a powerful fairy tale The Artificial Silk Girl exists awkwardly between exquisite stream of consciousness with evocative images that transcend the language barrier, and clunky idioms and demi monde jargon that have been distorted by translation.Please, please ignore the marketing slogan Before there was Bridget Jones or Sex in the City or Girls, there was The Artificial Silk Girl To say this is to affiliate a devastating tale of poverty a He was tall and slender And he had a dark face like a powerful fairy tale The Artificial Silk Girl exists awkwardly between exquisite stream of consciousness with evocative images that transcend the language barrier, and clunky idioms and demi monde jargon that have been distorted by translation.Please, please ignore the marketing slogan Before there was Bridget Jones or Sex in the City or Girls, there was The Artificial Silk Girl To say this is to affiliate a devastating tale of poverty and dashed hopes with the trivial documentation of the mating habits of middle class women Doris is disillusioned and shallow, granted she blackmails her boss to follow the specious attraction of Berlin, convinced she can make it big at Ufa and happily using her erotic services to get there She aims to seduce influential men to work her way into the privileged social scene She s different from the censured prostitutes that patrol the Friedrichstrasse But as she getsdesperate, the lines begin to blur She ends up sleeping rough in a wintry Tiergarten, on the brink of being forced into prostitution But she s snappy, observant and can prove compassionate in the most unlikely times Doris admits that she has no interest in politics Fair enough Her focus is the cinematic glamour of Weimar Germany perhaps she is a forerunner to Isherwood s Sally Bowles in that sense But unlike The Berlin Novels, Keun provides very little by way of political insight or engagement, something which may prove frustrating for a modern reader with the benefit of hindsight She pays no attention to the rise of right wing extremists, or the consequences of the Depression She does however capture a feverish, materialistic world on the brink of ruin, dreaming of a life farliberated than her scorned hausfrau mother and ultimately fails to attain it One cannot help but ache for Doris and her mislaid plans, her hunger and her poverty In a way, she speaks for many like minded women, craving emancipation and determined to improve their lives in the Golden Twenties, many of whom failed to do so The Artificial Silk Girl is a heartbreaking depiction of a young woman Doris is only eighteen, for God s sake chasing a rainbow.Unsurprisingly, the Nazis were not amused by Keun s vision of Weimar Germany, and so blacklisted her work She actually tried to sue the Gestapo for loss of earnings brilliant, eh I m sad to say that the novel wasn t the insightful stimulation I was anticipating I can t help but feel that some of its authority and power was lost in translation But that does not go to say that the novel does not emanate the crippling disappointment of so many young women, a lament for lost opportunities and a bygone era There is nothing fake or artificial about the heroine of this surprising work of fiction First published in 1932 in Germany, it was followed very quickly by its English translation in 1933 It was an immediate hit for a young author s second novel praised for its pointed sense of humour as well as the underlying critique of society The story, written in the form of the central character s musings and diary, blends a young woman s daily struggles to make ends meet with an at times sarcastic ye There is nothing fake or artificial about the heroine of this surprising work of fiction First published in 1932 in Germany, it was followed very quickly by its English translation in 1933 It was an immediate hit for a young author s second novel praised for its pointed sense of humour as well as the underlying critique of society The story, written in the form of the central character s musings and diary, blends a young woman s daily struggles to make ends meet with an at times sarcastic yet always witty commentary on daily life among the working classes during the dying days of the Weimar Republic Irmgard Keun cleverly uses her memorable character Doris who is as na ve as she is shrewd to convey her own astute observations and critique of social and economic conditions of the time While many aspects of the impending political disaster could not be predicted, Keun conveys her presentiments through Doris s experiences Despite the less than rosy picture it draws for Doris, the story is written in a deceptively light hearted style, using the regional and working class colloquial language of her character with some Berliner phraseology and idioms thrown in Keun s vivid imagery and metaphors are unexpected as they are hilarious Not having read yet the new English translation, I cannot comment on the way in which Keun s peculiar language, grammatical mistakes and all, is being conveyed in another language.Running out of options to subsidize her meagre income as a less than competent typist, Doris dreams of making it big in the movies I want to be a shine Ich will ein Glanz sein is her ambition She has the looks for it and her choice of boyfriends is aimed at having them provide the necessary accessories for her status as a glamour girl Options appear to open when she lands a one line action part against stiff competition Unfortunately she gets carried away with her brief moment of Glanz , and walks off with a fur coat that wants me and I want it and now we have each other Sensuality is prominent when Doris describes fabric, often linking it to smell, objects and the people she meets Her closeness and loyalty to her former colleague and friend Therese is touching, relying on her as much as wanting to support her in turn To escape being discovered with the fur coat, she leaves her mid size town for Berlin, the centre of fashion, the arts and the movie business Her luck goes up and down, depending on the circumstances and generosity of the current boyfriend All the while she pines for her first and only love, Hubert As soon as she feels settled into an almost normal life of some luxury with one partner, events force her to leave quietly or secretly Yet, unflinchingly, she pursues her dream and the search for a Mister Right Will she find him As we follow Doris through a year s seasons, we realize that we take in muchKeun s rich and detailed portrayal of Berlin and brilliant characterization of some of its multi faceted people, always seen, of course, from Doris s perspective.Not surprisingly, given Keun s topics and social critique, Keun s books were blacklisted and all available copies confiscated in 1933 No longer able to publish Keun went into exile to Holland, where she continued to enjoy great popularity among other German exile friends When Holland was invaded in 1940 she had to flee again Reports of her suicide enabled her to return under cover to Germany, where she survived until the end of the war Unfortunately, Keun could not rekindle the public s interest in her writing she died in 1982, lonely and poor Her books were rediscovered decades later and have also benefited from recent re translations Read today, The Artificial Silk Girl Das kunstseidene M dchen has lost nothing of its charm and relevance as a portrait of a working girl s life then and now I first encountered Irmgard Keun when I read After Midnight, her critique of Nazi Germany expressed in the first person narrative of Sanna, a young German woman who doesn t overtly criticise the Nazis at all In this, Keun s first novel, the protagonist is Doris, another na ve young German woman First published in 1931, Keun wrote the novel with the idea that it would be a German version of the hugely successful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The novel is mostly set in Berlin in the late 1920s, whe I first encountered Irmgard Keun when I read After Midnight, her critique of Nazi Germany expressed in the first person narrative of Sanna, a young German woman who doesn t overtly criticise the Nazis at all In this, Keun s first novel, the protagonist is Doris, another na ve young German woman First published in 1931, Keun wrote the novel with the idea that it would be a German version of the hugely successful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The novel is mostly set in Berlin in the late 1920s, where working class Doris heads from her hometown after she steals a fur coat Doris longs for love, fame and fortune preferably as a movie star and tells the story of her life in Berlin in the first person Less a journal anda series of almost stream of consciousness scenes from her life, Doris goes from one sexual relationship to another in an effort to survive and to succeed The work provides an interesting insight into the glitziness and superficiality of Berlin in the late 1920s Doris is an endearing character, who retains vulnerability and compassion despite the desperate circumstances in which she lives It s particularly poignant to read about Doris knowing what was to come for people like her and those she cared about in a few short years And knowing that Keun s work went on to be banned by the Nazis, it s instructive to read something she wrote both before they came to power However, for all of the strengths of the work and its inherent interest as a historical artifact, I didn t connect with Doris as I did with Sanna in After Midnight and her plight didn t move me as much as I wanted it to Neither Doris nor the glimpses of Berlin in the 1920s she gave me were enough to keep me really engaged That said, I still want to read someof Keun s work I only recently came across this book when I became aware that an acquaintance of mine required it for a class he teaches on the Weimar Republic It is a remarkable book The narrator, Doris, is a working class girl and a bit of a ditz who narrates her story and describes her surroundings in a way that appears shallow and laughable even as it reveals both insight and folksy wisdom Doris has stolen a fur coat and finds herself alone in Berlin just trying to get by That means that she mostly moo I only recently came across this book when I became aware that an acquaintance of mine required it for a class he teaches on the Weimar Republic It is a remarkable book The narrator, Doris, is a working class girl and a bit of a ditz who narrates her story and describes her surroundings in a way that appears shallow and laughable even as it reveals both insight and folksy wisdom Doris has stolen a fur coat and finds herself alone in Berlin just trying to get by That means that she mostly mooches off men, whom see invariably sees through If you want to strike it lucky with men, you have to let them think you re stupid 60 Through Doris s camera like observations, we begin to get a picture of the decadent, sometimes cruel society around her and even glimpse the political currents swirling about, currents that leave Doris for the most part baffled For example, a man asks Doris if she is a Jew, and thinking he hopes for a positive response, she says, Yes He then drops her, which leaves her entirely baffled After all, a man should know in advance whether he likes a woman or not So stupid At first they pay you all sorts of compliments and are drooling all over you then you tell them I m a chestnut and their chin drops oh, you re a chestnut yuk, I had no idea And you are exactly the way you were before, but just one word has supposedly changed you 38 The German novelist Irmgard Keun was a major talent It s too bad she is not better known Before Sex and the City there was Bridget Jones And before Bridget Jones was The Artificial Silk Girl In , a young woman writer living in Germany was inspired by Anita Loos s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to describe pre war Berlin and the age of cinematic glamour through the eyes of a woman The resulting novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, became an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood s Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht s Three Penny Opera Like Isherwood and Brecht, Keun revealed the dark underside of Berlin s golden twenties with empathy and honesty Unfortunately, a Nazi censorship board 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