Reviews

  • Just now I want to tell everyone about Irmgard Keun ... A great writer

    Ali Smith
  • Keun has few rivals - I can think of none - as a chronicler of the ambience or the consequences of the rise of Nazism

    Michael Hofmann
  • The Artificial Silk Girl follows Doris into the underbelly of a city that had once seemed all glamour and promise ... Kathie von Ankum's English translation will bring this masterwork to the foreground once more, giving a new generation the chance to discover Keun for themselves

    Elle
  • Damned by the Nazis, hailed by the feminists ... a truly charming window into a young woman's life in the early 1930s

    Los Angeles Times
  • A young girl navigates interwar German society and the expectations - or lack thereof - placed upon women, in this poignant, melancholy novel ... This heartbreaking story of dashed hopes is one that still has the power to affect and inspire

    Publishers Weekly