Synopses & Reviews
The result of their collaboration is seen in "The Panther Woman," a performer's view of her exciting and exhausting life on the road; "Turbulent Years," the recollections of a political activity, imprisoned during World War II, who went on to become a leader in building a socialist society in East Germany; "A Bathtub Full of Whipped Cream," the life of a historian, working as a public official in charge of parks and museums, who speaks of the difficulties and ideological conflicts in the East German government; "Swimming the Relay," the humorous account of a commercial manager's random education, professional choices, and frustrated love life; and "Twins,," a young mother's description of her life at home and at the factory. These are contemporary women rarely heard from, revealing themselves in their individual concerns and distinctive speech patterns.
In a new afterword to this English edition, Sarah Kirsch describes how she developed the intimate form of The Panther Woman.
About the Author
The translator Mario Faber, an associate professor of German and comparative literature at Swarthmore College, has added an introduction and notes.