I don’t know what my limits are anymore

Dear Irmgard, The eponymous heroine of your novel Gilgi (2013, tr. Geoff Wilkes. Original title: Gilgi, eine von uns, 1931) is a twenty-one-year-old German middle-class girl who lives in Cologne, during the rise of fascism, in the 1930s. Gilgi, short for Gisela, is independent, matter-of-fact, and ambitious: she is determined to climb the social ladder and…

Irmgard Keun

Irmgard Keun (6 February 1905 – 5 May 1982) was a German writer. In Cologne, Keun attended a Lutheran girls’ school. From 1925 to 1927, she attended an acting school and worked as a stenotypist. Encouraged by Alfred Döblin, she started writing in 1929. In 1933, her books were banned by the Nazis. In 1936, she…

My year of Pilgrimage

Hello, lovely bookish friends! How are you? Right now, I am surrounded by blue skies and the thin buttery sunlight of late Winter. I have four tomes and a window in front of me. Inspired by Liz , Sarah, Kaggsy and Jane, who have undertaken this journey before, I’ve been toying with the idea of reading through all thirteen novels…