Assuming the guise of alter egos such as Tino of Baghad or the Prince of Thebes, she weaves a web of Oriental fantasies to inform her husband of her infidelities. “I am wildly in love with someone, but I’ll say no more about him. This way it could always be you.” Set around the Café des Westens, the epicenter of early twentieth century Expressionist Berlin, Else Lasker-Schüler chronicles the demise of her marriage in a series of letters to her husband Herwarth Walden, publisher of the avant-garde journal Der Sturm. In so doing, she transforms a personal crisis into a metaphor for the end of an era. Starring a host of leading artists, including Karl Kraus, Alfred Döblin, Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Emil Nolde and Arnold Schönberg, My Heart offers an unforgettable insider’s glimpse into one of Berlin’s most artistically vibrant and fascinating periods. This edition, features an introduction by Professor Jakob Hessing of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a glossary of relevant names and terms.
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