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The End and the Beginning

Zur Mühlen, Hermynia and Gossman, Lionel (transl. rev. ed.) (2010) The End and the Beginning. : The Book of My Life. University of Groningen, Cambridge. ISBN 9781906924287 (hardback), 9781906924294

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This edition of Hermynia Zur Mühlen’s 1929 autobiographical memoir, Ende und Anfang. Ein Lebensbild, is a revised and extensively corrected version of Frank Barnes’ translation of 1930 (New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith), which, though readable enough, contains many errors. A surprisingly large number of words and phrases in the 1930 translation were simply misunderstood (e.g. ochrana [okhrana in the usual English transcription] – the Russian secret police – translated as “the Ukraine”), and on more than one occasion Zur Mühlen was made to say quite the opposite in English of what she wrote in German. In addition, the original title has been restored in the present edition, as has the original lay-out of the text. [....] An online supplement to this volume (available at http://www. offers a sampling of Zur Mühlen’s feuilletons and fairy tales, translated into English; a substantial synopsis in English of her anti-Nazi novel Unsere Töchter die Nazinen, first published in 1934; a recollection of Zur Mühlen and her partner Stefan Isidor Klein translated from the Memoirs of the Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai; an article by Patrik von zur Mühlen on ideas of class in the writing of Hermynia Zur Mühlen; essays on Zur Mühlen and the fairy-tale in Germany and on Zur Mühlen as translator of Upton Sinclair; and several portfolios of images, containing illustrations of her books by George Grosz and by Heinrich Vogeler and jacket designs by John Heartfield for the Malik Verlag’s editions of her translations of Sinclair.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: biography, Hermynia Zur Mühlen
ISBN: 9781906924287 (hardback), 9781906924294
Series Name: 0
Language: English
Publisher: University of Groningen
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Status: Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: biography, Hermynia Zur Mühlen
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 10:45
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 10:45

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