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Käsebier Takes Berlin - by Gabriele Tergit (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Paperback

Publisher: New York Review of Books

Author: Gabriele Tergit

Language: English

Street Date: July 30, 2019
TCIN: 53946930
UPC: 9781681372723
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-1257


In English for the first time, a panoramic satire about the star-making machine, set in celebrity-obsessed Weimar Berlin.

In Berlin, 1930, the name K�sebier is on everyone's lips. A literal combination of the German words for "cheese" and "beer," it's an unglamorous name for an unglamorous man--a small-time crooner who performs nightly on a shabby stage for laborers, secretaries, and shopkeepers. Until the press shows up.

In the blink of an eye, this everyman is made a star: a star who can sing songs for a troubled time. Margot Weissmann, the arts patron, hosts champagne breakfasts for K�sebier; Muschler the banker builds a theater in his honor; Willi Fr�chter, a parvenu writer, makes a mint off K�sebier-themed business ventures and books. All the while, the journalists who catapulted K�sebier to fame watch the monstrous media machine churn in amazement--and are aghast at the demons they have unleashed.

In K�sebier Takes Berlin, the journalist Gabriele Tergit wrote a searing satire of the excesses and follies of the Weimar Republic. Chronicling a country on the brink of fascism and a press on the edge of collapse, Tergit's novel caused a sensation when it was published in 1931. As witty as Kurt Tucholsky and as trenchant as Karl Kraus, Tergit portrays a world too entranced by fireworks to notice its smoldering edges.

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