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Establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism Gilgi was not only a brave story but revolutionary in its depiction of women’s issues at the same time that it was simply an absorbing and stirring tale of a dauntless spirit Gilgi is a secretary in a hosiery firm but she doesn’t intend to stay there for long she’s disciplined and ambitious taking language classes saving up money to go abroad and carefully avoiding both the pawing of her boss and any other prolonged romantic e. A short yet thought provokingly brilliant work of feminist fiction Gilgi One of Us portrays the fragility of women independence at its inception This independence slowly collapses from ingrained preconceived notions on supposed gender roles in a heterosexual relationship Financially independent and full of aspirations Gilgi finds herself torn between making her man happy and making a life for herself Strong but also submissive gentle but also unyielding a hopeless romantic but also a realist she is constantly tugged by two opposite emotions; puzzled and frustrated between how women should be by society's standards and how women can be outside of these rigid caging standards And whilst there are opportunities for women as they become part of the workforce albeit often out of necessities the expectations of them at home remain the same Men meanwhile still have the utmost control of their own lives their relationships and their women Amidst its social and gender commentary which are still intriguingly and unfortunately observed in the present lives of women what with how women's roles shift depending on social class yet stripping it off they are often fraught with intersecting somehow similar difficulties under the patriarchy it spices itself with family drama and self discovery peppered with the numbing political air during the Weimar Republic Truly an often ignored classic

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Ntanglements But then she falls in love with Martin a charming drifter and leaves her job for domestic bliss which turns out not to be all that blissful– and Gilgi finds herself pregnant and facing a number of moral dilemmasRevolutionary at the time for its treatment of sexual harassment abortion single motherhood and the “New Woman” Gilgi remains a perceptive and beautifully constructed novel about one woman’s path to maturity It is presented here in its first ever translation into English. Another amazing Keun novel filled with incredible social commentary while not losing the flavor of her young character striving to make a life for herself in a place and time not easy for women or anyone Highly recommended My teenage daughters loved it too

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The stirring never before translated story of a single pregnant and wickedly nervy young secretary making her way through a Germany succumbing to the NazisIrmgard Keun’s first novel Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany selling thousands of copies inspiring numerous imitators and making Keun a household name a reputation that was only heightened when a few years later the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royaltiesThe story of a young woman trying to. Gilgi full title Gilgi One Of Us has been presented in a new English translation as part of Melville House Publishing's Neversink Library collection First published in its original German in 1931 Irmgard Keun's debut novel published when she was just twenty six has been rendered into the most beautiful English prose by Geoff Wilkes In Germany Gilgi became an overnight sensation and Keun was driven to sue the Gestapo several years afterwards for blocking her royaltiesThe protagonist of Gilgi is Gisela Kron a 'disciplined and ambitious secretary' in a hosiery business Immediately admirable with her hardworking stubbornness she is desperately 'trying to establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism' Falling in love however is a 'fateful choice' which will 'unmoor' Gilgi from her own position in the world that which she has fought for so long to uphold Gilgi is essentially a coming of age novel; whilst Gilgi is biologically older than a character whom we might expect to undergo such a formative transformation she learns much about the world around her and about herself as the novel progresses She is made aware of her own strengths and weaknesses and the place which she occupies in both public and private spheres in her home city of CologneKeun's choice of opening is fascinating and very much sets the tone for the whole 'She's holding it firmly in her hands her little life the girl Gilgi She calls herself Gilgi her name is Gisela The two i's sic are better suited to slim legs and narrow hips like a child's to tiny fashionable hats which contrive mysteriously to stay perched on the very top of her head When she's twenty five she'll call herself Gisela But she's not at that point uite yet' She is a cool headed character and faced with many of the challenges as she is many other protagonists would have inevitably had some sort of breakdown or existential crisis Not Gilgi She is a firm believer in dealing with everything thrown at one and she does so largely flawlesslyGilgi's familial situation is exposed to the reader almost immediately 'No one speaks Everyone is earnestly and dully occupied with their own concerns The complete lack of conversation testifies to the family's decency and legitimacy Herr and Frau Kron have stuck together through years of honorable tedium to their silver wedding anniversary They love each other and are faithful to each other something which has become a matter of routine and no longer needs to be discussed or felt' Gilgi is very of its time; Keun is never far away from inserting snippets of social history or the economic struggles which many around Gilgi faced on a daily basis So many issues which are still of much importance in our modern society are tackled here patriarchy sexual relations pregnancy out of wedlock and the very concept of womanhood It is an astoundingly frank work both 'piercingly perceptive and formally innovative' Gilgi is told on the morning of her twenty first birthday for instance that her parents are not biologically hers and then given the details of her birth motherGilgi herself provides a contrast to the societal norms held for women during the period; she is proactive has her own job and pays for her own things 'I want to work want to get on want to be self supporting and independent At the moment I'm learning my languages I'm saving money' She may still live at home with the Krons who raised her but she makes clear that her biggest aim in life is to fund her own apartment Until she meets Martin the idea of being a kept woman repulses her; indeed even with Martin Keun has allowed Gilgi her independence The pair move in with one another to the vacant apartment of one of Martin's friends; he is unshakeable in his existence and largely lives hand to mouth so it is up to Gilgi to work and pay for everything Again tradition is eschewed here and Keun demonstrates to a point that a woman of the period could make things work by herself Gilgi's grand ambitions still live within her even when she becomes conscious that they are not perhaps achievable due to the pregnancy which befalls her naive selfI was put in mind of reading Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage at several points during the novel; the narrative voice which Keun has crafted simultaneously weaves the first and third person perspectives together in a beguiling manner There is a wonderful stream of consciousness approach to the whole in places Gilgi is a fascinating deeply complex and thoroughly realistic character Each individual conseuence which she has to face is tackled with the utmost verisimilitude Gilgi is a stunning novel with prose echoes of Hans Fallada and Stefan Zweig It is absolutely wonderful and sure to delight those with a fondness for strong female characters or who want to read a striking piece of translated literature Ajax the Warrior establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism' Falling in love however is a 'fateful choice' which will 'unmoor' Gilgi from her own position in the world that which she has fought for so long to uphold Gilgi is Becoming Victoria essentially a coming of age novel; whilst Gilgi is biologically older than a character whom we might The Picture of Dorian Gray expect to undergo such a formative transformation she learns much about the world around her and about herself as the novel progresses She is made aware of her own strengths and weaknesses and the place which she occupies in both public and private spheres in her home city of CologneKeun's choice of opening is fascinating and very much sets the tone for the whole 'She's holding it firmly in her hands her little life the girl Gilgi She calls herself Gilgi her name is Gisela The two i's sic are better suited to slim legs and narrow hips like a child's to tiny fashionable hats which contrive mysteriously to stay perched on the very top of her head When she's twenty five she'll call herself Gisela But she's not at that point uite yet' She is a cool headed character and faced with many of the challenges as she is many other protagonists would have inevitably had some sort of breakdown or Karatay Diyetiyle Beslenme Tuzaklarından Kurtuluş Rehberi existential crisis Not Gilgi She is a firm believer in dealing with Afterlife everything thrown at one and she does so largely flawlesslyGilgi's familial situation is Estructura Economica Mundial (Spanish Edition) exposed to the reader almost immediately 'No one speaks Everyone is ほんと野獣 7 [Honto Yajuu 7] earnestly and dully occupied with their own concerns The complete lack of conversation testifies to the family's decency and legitimacy Herr and Frau Kron have stuck together through years of honorable tedium to their silver wedding anniversary They love Chopin: Mazurkas for the Piano, Complete, Alfred Masterwork Edition, Practical Performing Edition each other and are faithful to Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing each other something which has become a matter of routine and no longer needs to be discussed or felt' Gilgi is very of its time; Keun is never far away from inserting snippets of social history or the Abuse of Power - Revenge of the Karinovs economic struggles which many around Gilgi faced on a daily basis So many issues which are still of much importance in our modern society are tackled here patriarchy sexual relations pregnancy out of wedlock and the very concept of womanhood It is an astoundingly frank work both 'piercingly perceptive and formally innovative' Gilgi is told on the morning of her twenty first birthday for instance that her parents are not biologically hers and then given the details of her birth motherGilgi herself provides a contrast to the societal norms held for women during the period; she is proactive has her own job and pays for her own things 'I want to work want to get on want to be self supporting and independent At the moment I'm learning my languages I'm saving money' She may still live at home with the Krons who raised her but she makes clear that her biggest aim in life is to fund her own apartment Until she meets Martin the idea of being a kept woman repulses her; indeed CLANS AND CHIEFS - Celtic Tribalism in Scotland even with Martin Keun has allowed Gilgi her independence The pair move in with one another to the vacant apartment of one of Martin's friends; he is unshakeable in his Strapdown Inertial Navigation Technology, 2nd Edition (IEE Radar, Sonar, Navigation and Avionics Series) existence and largely lives hand to mouth so it is up to Gilgi to work and pay for The Basics of Public Budgeting and Financial Management: A Handbook for Academics and Practitioners everything Again tradition is FSOT Study Guide Review: Test Prep & Practice Test Questions for the Written Exam & Oral Assessment on the Foreign Service Officer Test (English Edition) eschewed here and Keun demonstrates to a point that a woman of the period could make things work by herself Gilgi's grand ambitions still live within her Sutters Glück even when she becomes conscious that they are not perhaps achievable due to the pregnancy which befalls her naive selfI was put in mind of reading Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage at several points during the novel; the narrative voice which Keun has crafted simultaneously weaves the first and third person perspectives together in a beguiling manner There is a wonderful stream of consciousness approach to the whole in places Gilgi is a fascinating deeply complex and thoroughly realistic character Each individual conseuence which she has to face is tackled with the utmost verisimilitude Gilgi is a stunning novel with prose Néa: roman echoes of Hans Fallada and Stefan Zweig It is absolutely wonderful and sure to delight those with a fondness for strong female characters or who want to read a striking piece of translated literature


10 thoughts on “Gilgi eine von uns

  1. says:

    This is my third book by Irmgard Keun within a week and now I have run out of supply German books being rare here generally speaking and Irmgard Keun even rarer still so I will give my fellow Goodreaders a break after this reviewWhy this compulsive reading of an author who was virtually unknown to me before Christmas?Gilgi explains it Keun's first novel written at the age of 26 in 1931 explores the new conditions for women in the world after the First World War a world of new rules and possibilities and of old sorrows and problems Gilgi's dream is to be independent autonomous free from the identity shattering bondage of married life She navigates the city of Köln in the throes of the financial crisis with open eyes and resilience watching the poverty and the exploitation of the weak by those who can afford it while celebrating a room of her own and a salary to keep her going Sexuality is both a new bliss and a looming danger as men still see women as objects to serve their needs rather than as people to share ideas with but Gilgi and her friend Olga are comfortably aware that they have a deeper solidarity and friendship between them than the lonely men they meet in pubs and in clubs boasting about their masculinity without feeling true honest connection in their chosen tribes In women the world changes Gilgi believesThe one thing that threatens her freedom is her sudden infatuation with irresponsible Martin who wants her to himself and discourages her from working and staying on track to follow her ideals Love is the poison that destroys Gilgi's individual goals while it makes her feel alive and vulnerable like never beforeFinding herself pregnant without work and in a relationship with a person who will never take responsibility she makes the ultimate sacrifice and leaves her town to start afresh on her own with her child in Berlin On the last page we stand at the station and wave to a young girl who has learned to trust herself than anyone else and who is willing to step into the unknown to make life possible for the child she carries No wonder Irmgard Keun's female characters were banned by the Nazis a few years later Such independence of thought and action in a woman was than threatening to the breeding ideal of a German mother figure it was an outright rebellionGilgi set an example


  2. says:

    Gilgi full title Gilgi One Of Us has been presented in a new English translation as part of Melville House Publishing's Neversink Library collection First published in its original German in 1931 Irmgard Keun's debut novel published when she was just twenty six has been rendered into the most beautiful English prose by Geoff Wilkes In Germany Gilgi became an overnight sensation and Keun was driven to sue the Gestapo several years afterwards for blocking her royaltiesThe protagonist of Gilgi is Gisela Kron a 'disciplined and ambitious secretary' in a hosiery business Immediately admirable with her hardworking stubbornness she is desperately 'trying to establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism' Falling in love however is a 'fateful choice' which will 'unmoor' Gilgi from her own position in the world that which she has fought for so long to uphold Gilgi is essentially a coming of age novel; whilst Gilgi is biologically older than a character whom we might expect to undergo such a formative transformation she learns much about the world around her and about herself as the novel progresses She is made aware of her own strengths and weaknesses and the place which she occupies in both public and private spheres in her home city of CologneKeun's choice of opening is fascinating and very much sets the tone for the whole 'She's holding it firmly in her hands her little life the girl Gilgi She calls herself Gilgi her name is Gisela The two i's sic are better suited to slim legs and narrow hips like a child's to tiny fashionable hats which contrive mysteriously to stay perched on the very top of her head When she's twenty five she'll call herself Gisela But she's not at that point uite yet' She is a cool headed character and faced with many of the challenges as she is many other protagonists would have inevitably had some sort of breakdown or existential crisis Not Gilgi She is a firm believer in dealing with everything thrown at one and she does so largely flawlesslyGilgi's familial situation is exposed to the reader almost immediately 'No one speaks Everyone is earnestly and dully occupied with their own concerns The complete lack of conversation testifies to the family's decency and legitimacy Herr and Frau Kron have stuck together through years of honorable tedium to their silver wedding anniversary They love each other and are faithful to each other something which has become a matter of routine and no longer needs to be discussed or felt' Gilgi is very of its time; Keun is never far away from inserting snippets of social history or the economic struggles which many around Gilgi faced on a daily basis So many issues which are still of much importance in our modern society are tackled here patriarchy sexual relations pregnancy out of wedlock and the very concept of womanhood It is an astoundingly frank work both 'piercingly perceptive and formally innovative' Gilgi is told on the morning of her twenty first birthday for instance that her parents are not biologically hers and then given the details of her birth motherGilgi herself provides a contrast to the societal norms held for women during the period; she is proactive has her own job and pays for her own things 'I want to work want to get on want to be self supporting and independent At the moment I'm learning my languages I'm saving money' She may still live at home with the Krons who raised her but she makes clear that her biggest aim in life is to fund her own apartment Until she meets Martin the idea of being a kept woman repulses her; indeed even with Martin Keun has allowed Gilgi her independence The pair move in with one another to the vacant apartment of one of Martin's friends; he is unshakeable in his existence and largely lives hand to mouth so it is up to Gilgi to work and pay for everything Again tradition is eschewed here and Keun demonstrates to a point that a woman of the period could make things work by herself Gilgi's grand ambitions still live within her even when she becomes conscious that they are not perhaps achievable due to the pregnancy which befalls her naive selfI was put in mind of reading Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage at several points during the novel; the narrative voice which Keun has crafted simultaneously weaves the first and third person perspectives together in a beguiling manner There is a wonderful stream of consciousness approach to the whole in places Gilgi is a fascinating deeply complex and thoroughly realistic character Each individual conseuence which she has to face is tackled with the utmost verisimilitude Gilgi is a stunning novel with prose echoes of Hans Fallada and Stefan Zweig It is absolutely wonderful and sure to delight those with a fondness for strong female characters or who want to read a striking piece of translated literature


  3. says:

    This book is a masterpiece plain and simple Like the three other books by Keun I've read it has a strong female narrator In this instance the narrator is a bright and hard working woman who learns foreign languages in her spare time to improve her employment prospects On her 21st birthday her petit bourgeois parents spring on her the surprise that she isn't their biological child Although they adopted her from a servant the story is even complex because the servant herself was paid by an upper class family to pass her off as her baby so as to spare the young lady of the house the stigma of being an unwed mother All these revelations shake up Gilgi making her vulnerable enough to fall in love with an older man Martin an esthete who's never done an honest stroke of work in his life apart from writing a couple of books Gilgi promptly moves in with Martin whom she loves and desires with frightening and crippling intensity Initially she tries to make him work and save money but she uickly realizes that this is futile and will only make him drop her It is easier for her to adapt herself superficially to his life style except that it makes her deeply miserable and ashamed of herself apart from plunging them ever deeper into debt Eventually her salvation comes from an old boyfriend of hers who now has a family he can't support In a desperate attempt to save Hans and Hertha Gilgi finally gets to meet her biological mother Although her friends commit suicide before she brings them the money they need Gilgi has learnt her lesson and finds the strength to leave Martin and flee to Berlin where she is determined to give birth to the child she carries and bring up the baby by herself with the help of her friend Olga There are many powerful scenes in this novel including the reunion between Gilgi and her mother While so many writers pad their coming of age narratives with scores of irrelevant episodes there isn't one superfluous word in Gilgi and she gets it all in too This book articulates a deeply humanist philosophy and it is a real tragedy that the Nazis were eventually able to silence such a powerful voice The last scene when Gilgi is waiting for the train to Berlin and sees an orange lying between the rails is an obvious allusion to Anna Karenina Gilgi would have just as many reasons as Anna to kill herself but she doesn't No matter at what cost she will fight for human dignity


  4. says:

    35 stars


  5. says:

    A short yet thought provokingly brilliant work of feminist fiction Gilgi One of Us portrays the fragility of women independence at its inception This independence slowly collapses from ingrained preconceived notions on supposed gender roles in a heterosexual relationship Financially independent and full of aspirations Gilgi finds herself torn between making her man happy and making a life for herself Strong but also submissive gentle but also unyielding a hopeless romantic but also a realist she is constantly tugged by two opposite emotions; puzzled and frustrated between how women should be by society's standards and how women can be outside of these rigid caging standards And whilst there are opportunities for women as they become part of the workforce albeit often out of necessities the expectations of them at home remain the same Men meanwhile still have the utmost control of their own lives their relationships and their women Amidst its social and gender commentary which are still intriguingly and unfortunately observed in the present lives of women what with how women's roles shift depending on social class yet stripping it off they are often fraught with intersecting somehow similar difficulties under the patriarchy it spices itself with family drama and self discovery peppered with the numbing political air during the Weimar Republic Truly an often ignored classic


  6. says:

    I read this book because I got interested in Irmgard Keun and her banned books after reading Ostend Gilgi and another book of her The Artificial Silk Girl was banned in 1933 by the Nazi regime because the women portrayed in her books went against the Nazi's view of what a proper Aryan women should beGilgi didn't want to stop working when she married and be a stay at home mom She wanted a carreer improve herself by taking evening courses travel and above all she wanted to be an independent women who didn't have to rely on a man for an income She also didn't believe it was immoral to have sex before marriage So yes a woman with modern ideas like Gilgi was the opposite of the chaste married stay at home mom the Nazi's had in mindIt was interesting to read about a modern women in 1931 especially in the upcoming nazi regimeWhat I didn't like so much was the writing style there was a very nervous energy to it and it was slightly chaotic


  7. says:

    This was very different from the first Irmgard Keun book I read years ago The Artificial Silk Girl was much Liza in Cabaret and Gilgi is of a uiet existentialist coming of age story that happens to be set in Weimar Germany I was so struck by its themes of independence and just wanting to be happy those things seem so twenty first century and I always think of literature from this era as being inherently tinged with political fervor and impending doom But this was really uite an ordinary story about one woman or rather little girl as they relentlessly called her who yearns for an independent life financially sexually and emotionally Gilgi sidenote not sure if those are hard g's or soft g's but it is NOT Gigli zheeli that much I know is a secretary who falls in love with a bohemian thinker named Martin gets pregnant and feels deeply for an impoverished friend who finds herself pregnant for the third time She learns that she was adopted in the aftermath of a scandal involving a wealthy family's young teenage daughter which adds another layer onto the theme of modern motherhood Gilgi has such radical ideas of womanhood for the time and she has no ualms at the end of the book making a new start and forging a path of single motherhoodThis book read a lot like Virginia Woolf or Marguerite Duras which I read in high school French and I'm sure was beyond me but I remember Madame Anderson saying that her sparse stream of consciousness style weaving in and out of different characters' perspectives was on purpose Irmgard Keun likes to punctuate in a really strange way throwing in a every few sentences willy nilly She puts the reader in the heads of each character occasionally using first person occasionally second person occasionally third person It was Modern in the literary sense and modern in an overall historical sense too This was certainly an interesting and evocative read but Gilgi just wasn't my favorite protagonist I've ever read She's fine but none of Liza or the Artificial Silk Girl's spunk And her love for Martin is totally inexplicable He is a self absorbed unemployed writer with a manipulative and territorial streak Her leaving at the end would have been so much powerful if I actually understood her love for him That said she does leave and that takes an enormous amount of strength and conviction Last thought this book was written in 1931 Artificial Silk Girl in 1932 and both were banned and burned by the Nazis The offense of this book is its portrayal of the New Woman with Irmgard Keun using her novel as a conduit for her own philosophy on female independence Gilgi mentions briefly that she has always rolled her eyes and felt nauseous over the forced signing of Deutschland Über Alles and her friend Pit is a card carrying socialist but the majority of the book centers around this very uiet plot of self actualization


  8. says:

    I very much enjoyed this book Published in Germany in 1931 Revolutionary at the time for its treatment of sexual harassment abortion single motherhood and the “New Woman This is a story of a young woman's path to maturity in 1930s Germany It was banned by the Gestapo and Keun then sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties The writing translation is amazing and provides intensity and clarity to the story I am shocked that this novel isn't a feminist must read 5 stars 5 stars 5 starsThanks to Melville House Publishing for printing this translation and bringing such an amazing book into my life


  9. says:

    Another amazing Keun novel filled with incredible social commentary while not losing the flavor of her young character striving to make a life for herself in a place and time not easy for women or anyone Highly recommended My teenage daughters loved it too


  10. says:

    Although Gilgi One of Us is not my kind of book I’m glad I read it because it introduced me to the expressionist style Gilgi came across my radar via email from Penguin UK This book is from the Penguin Modern Classics series slim volumes written in the 20th century Irmgard Keun was in her 20s when her first novel Gilgi One of Us was published in 1931 Gilgi is a young independent woman trying to make the right choices for herself in her life following her morning routine of exercises and motivation talk working at making extra money Her resolve is strong and her life is going according to plan She’s constantly defending her lifestyle to her friends who are much relaxed in their approach to life But then she meets Martin This is the beginning of her troubles How she handles things is what the story is about It’s also a work in translation and before I read a comment stating it was “written in the expressionist style” I thought my comprehension troubles were because I don’t know anything about German Nor do I have any German speaking friends nearby whose brains I could pick to find out what the heck was going on with the style The narrative reads like a shopping list and I couldn’t tell what voice the story was written in because the reader is always inside the heads of all the different characters at least in 3rd person omniscient Come to find out that’s one of the characteristics of expressionist literature—everyone goes on about every single thing passing through their hearts and minds No censorship and no filter Think it? Say it Feeling outrageous in a split second? You must share this Say it all share it all none of this realism business Just put it all out there at full throttleThis was my first expressionist work and according to Google Gilgi One of Us is a good example of the style I can’t say I’m a fan I kept thinking of the Seinfeld episode “The Statue” where Jerry says “shouldn’t you be out on a ledge somewhere?” Seriously it made me want to laugh whenever a character would go on with all the thoughts inside their head Keep that stuff to yourself How do we know what should be left in and what is an editorial oversight? Couldn’t they afford editors back then?Perhaps between WW1 and WW2 expressionist literature came across differently I’m a strong believer that literature has to be understood in context Which is why I believe this book would be best understood by someone well versed in German modern history or European history between WW1 and WW2Franz Kafka may be the most famous expressionist writer and now that I’ve read Gilgi I have some understanding of the style and its goals which makes me a better reader So while Gilgi One of Us isn’t a book I would read again it was a successful read In fact it made me uestion whether star ratings are relevant The story itself was mediocre but learning about the expressionist style “broadens my horizons” as a reader Please excuse the cliché Growing as a reader is important than simply enjoying a book I may give up on star ratings altogether But for now Gilgi gets 3 stars ⭐️


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