Charles Lewinsky

As in Melnitz, Lewinsky reconstructs a slice of contemporary and cultural history by examining the life and chequered career of a vibrant and hopeful man. Although fictitious, the novel's background is true to life and based on in-depth research; it is the story of the actor Kurt Gerron, who starred in Brecht's The Threepenny Opera and played alongside Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel. Born and raised in Berlin, he was injured on the front line, but went on to achieve great success in cabaret and as a songwriter and become a star of stage and screen. In 1944 he is commissioned to make a film intended to portray the humiliating lives of the Jews imprisoned in Theresienstadt as 'idyllic' and 'humane'. To refuse would mean risking his own life as well as his wife's. Gerron is a spell-binding novel about the might of conscience and the power of love. In this ingenious, moving and sombre novel, Charles Lewinsky recounts a life story beyond belief, a life caught between success and desperation, between admiration and persecution.

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Czech Republic (Mlada fronta), France (Grasset), Italy (Einaudi), Netherlands (Signatuur), Russia (Eksmo)



Charles Lewinsky spricht mit Oliver Preusche über "Gerron".

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