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Ruth Rehmann was born in Siegburg in 1922. After attending the Translators Academy in Hamburg, the universities of Bonn and Marburg, and the music academies of Berlin, Cologne, and Düsseldorf, she has had teaching positions and other jobs and now lives as a free-lance writer in southern Bavaria. She began to publish in the 1950s and was connected with the Group 47. Her work explores the loneliness of human beings, the possibilites and limits of women's emancipation, and Germany's Nazi past. In her autobiographical 1979 novel Der Mann auf der Kanzel [The Man on the Pulpit], which has been translated by Christoph and Pamela Lohmann, she reconstructs the narrator's childhood and youth during the Third Reich as well as the story of her father's failure as a typical representative of the Protestant Church and the educated bourgeoisie during the Nazi years. Unterwegs in fremden Träumen is her latest major work and perhaps the most directly political of her writings. In a highly autobiographical approach, she connects her evaluation of the first postwar writers congress in the then still undivided Berlin in 1947 and her experiences of the events of 1989 and 1990. Drawing these connections, she reflects on the meaning of the collapse of the East-West division.

Unterwegs in fremden Träumen (Traveling in Alien Dreams ): Vol. 1, No. 3
Hausbesichtigung: Unsere verdammten Geschichten (House Inspection: Our Damned Stories ): Vol. 2, No. 2


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