Pinkas Braun has been known for decades as a distinguished theatre, cinema and TV actor and translator of Edward Albee's plays. In an autobiographical novel that is moving, tender, wise and disturbing, he describes his childhood and youth, from the dangers of a Jewish existence in Zurich in the Second World War to working as an assistant with Berthold Brecht.
If the family of Pinkas Braun, born 1923, had had their way, he would have finished his business training and taken a »respectable« job. But the encounter with Danton's Death at the Zurich Theatre House and with the immigrants earning a few francs as extras, leaves such a lasting impression that young Pinkas risks everything. He abandons his apprenticeship and attends a Zionist agricultural school which also supports Jewish agents. His father throws him out, and Pinkas ends up in reform school. Unwilling to abandon his dreams, he works as a porter at the station, rehearses theatre parts at night and lives in constant fear of Hitler's territorial ambitions. The story of Pinkas Braun's youth is rich, moving and as exciting as a good movie.
"It is impossible not to be captivated by Pinkas Braun." (Die Weltwoche)