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Dirk Kurbjuweit
Die Freiheit der Emma Herwegh

© Carl Hanser Verlag, München, 2017 Dirk Kurbjuweit: Die Freiheit der Emma Herwegh © Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2017This novel is about the vain battles and terrible love of the democratic-revolutionary poet Georg Herwegh and his wife Emma. Their shared story comprises a political farce and a private tragedy. It is about emancipation and new departures, but also about destructive passion - self-justification on his part and selflessness on hers. Kurbjuweit gave his novel the title Die Freiheit der Emma Herwegh (Emma Herwegh’s Freedom) although contemporaries accused this brave woman of making herself her husband’s slave. (…)
She read his poems, fell in love with his desire for freedom and recognised him as being the man she could marry without being limited to becoming one of those Berlin society women who was reduced to homemaking and motherhood. It was only as a married woman that she could pursue her political ambitions and her sympathy for the democratic efforts of the Vormärz period. (…) Kurbjuweit‘s novel is gripping and reads at times like palatable colportage. He writes a love story in several acts in which a voyeuristic public, too, is not uninvolved.

Jörg Magenau: „Auf den Barrikaden des Herzens“
© Süddeutsche Zeitung, 21 February 2017

Dirk Kurbjuweit
Die Freiheit der Emma Herwegh
Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2017
ISBN 978-3-446-25464-0
336 pages


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