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About the Author: Edgar Hilsenrath

Edgar Hilsenrath (born 1926) is a German-Jewish writer living in Berlin. His main works are Night, The Nazi and the Barber, and The Story of the Last Thought.

Hilsenrath was born in Leipzig. In 1938 his mother escaped with her two children to Siret (Sereth), in Romanian Bukovina, where they enjoyed a respite from persecution. At the time that he should have received an entrance card to higher education, he and his mother were interned in the ghetto of Cernăuţi (Czernowitz).

He began to write about the Holocaust after his liberation when he moved to Paris. Hilsenrath also lived in Palestine, Israel, and New York.

According to Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, Simon Wiesenthal Center, "Hilsenrath calls things by their proper names and portrays life first and foremost as physical existence, of whose details the reader is constantly made aware: birth, nursing, feeding, sex, and excretion accompanied by feelings of pleasure and pain. The rhetoric of politicians and political theory are shown to be the schemes of beings ultimately dependent on these bodily processes and subject to physical desires. Hilsenrath's very approach is a protest against disrespect toward the mortal body, against the tyranny of the mind over matter."


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Paperback, Published in Jan 1970 by Errata Naturae

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788493714567

Page count: 294

1952. En un café judío de Nueva York, Jakob Bronsky, recién llegado a los Estados Unidos, escribe una novela sobre su aterradora experiencia en el gueto durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Su desconcertante y obsceno título: El pajillero. Rodeado de emigrantes, vagabundos, beats, putas, chulos y otros seres excluidos del glorioso sueño americano, Bronsky sobrevive gracias a trabajos míseros, pasa las horas escribiendo en garitos sórdidos que abren toda la noche y fantasea con el culo de la secretaria de Mr. Doublecrum, el que será, o eso espera Bronsky, su futuro editor.

Fuck America es un relato inspirado en gran parte en la propia experiencia autobiográfica de Edgar Hilsenrath como emigrante y escritor novel, narrado con un tono cruel y divertido que recuerda las mejores páginas de Fante, Roth o Bukowski. Sin embargo, el tratamiento crudo, irónico y febril que añade Hilsenrath para dar cuenta de la experiencia de la Shoah y de sus vivencias en el gueto -insólito en el panorama literario alemán- lo ha convertido en una referencia tan única como imprescindible de las letras contemporáneas.

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