Annemarie Schwarzenbach

And so I discovered Annamarie Schwarzenbach, who to a certain kind of Berlinerin is probably quite famous, yet in English I would suppose is largely, almost completely unknown. None of her many books are in print in English if even translated, and at most she gets mention in biographies of Thomas or Klaus Mann, or miscellaneous encyclopaedias.

Needless to say, of course I’m quite in love.

And intend to learn more German just to read her. Fast cars, drugs, Lesbianism, Berlin in the 30s, fleeing to Central Asia, Afghanistan, affairs with the daughters of important and famous people, and so many books she wrote…