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Thema: »Biografischer Roman«

Biografischer Roman
Biografische Romane erschließen Persönlichkeiten mitunter komplexer als es das biografische Sachbuch vermag, denn sie beziehen einerseits die subjektive Sicht des Autors produktiv in die Darstellung mit ein und ermöglichen andererseits die dramatische Zuspitzung komplexer Situationen. Gerade im Bezug auf lesbische und schwule Personen der Vergangenheit ist das Genre des Romans von besonderer Bedeutung, ermöglicht doch der Roman viel stärker als das Sachbuch die Darstellung eines Lebens in mitfühlender, empathischer Weise, wo Quellen nur andeuten, schweigen oder – wie häufig – gezielt vernichtet wurden.





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Julian Barnes: The Man in the Red Coat

Julian Barnes: The Man in the Red Coat

UK 2020, 268 pp., brochure, € 14.95
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Vintage
In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrive in London for a few days´ shopping. One is a Prince, one is a Count, and the third is a commoner, who four years earlier has been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent´s greatest portraits. The commoner is Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker - a scientific man ... Weiterlesen

David Ebershoff: The Danish Girl

David Ebershoff: The Danish Girl

UK 2000, 336 pp., pb., € 17.95
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Copenhagen, 1925, the studio of American painter Greta Waud, anxious to put the finishing touches to her latest portrait. But her diva subject has cancelled yet another sitting - how is Greta ever going to get it done? A sudden glint in her eye, and she calls to her husband Einar. And so, late on an April afternoon, in a ... Weiterlesen

Rupert Thomson: Never Anyone But You

Rupert Thomson: Never Anyone But You

UK 2019, 278 pp., brochure, € 14.95
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Corsair
When Suzanne, a shy 17-year-old, meets the brilliant but troubled Lucie in rural Provence, the two young women embark on a clandestine love affair. The lovers move to Paris where they recreate themselves entirely, as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Before long, they are mixing in the most glamorous social circles and producing art of great power and strangeness. But ... Weiterlesen

David Lagercrantz: Fall of Man in Wilmslow

David Lagercrantz: Fall of Man in Wilmslow

The Life and Death of Alan Turing: A Novel. UK 2015, 367 pp., brochure, € 13.95
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Quercus
This thriller opens with Alan Turing´s suicide, and a young (homophobic) detective´s awakening to painful secrets about his own life and the life of his country. In 1954, several English nationals have defected to the USSR, while a witch-hunt for homosexuals rages across Britain. In these circumstances, no one is surprised when a mathematician by the name of Alan Turing, ... Weiterlesen

Damon Galgut: Arctic Summer

Damon Galgut: Arctic Summer

South Africa 2014, 368 pp., pb., € 17.95
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In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery. The seeds of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another twelve years, and ... Weiterlesen

Hassan Najmi: Gertrude

Hassan Najmi: Gertrude

English by Roger Allen. USA 2014, 283 pp., brochure, € 15.95
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Interlink
As Najmi's novel begins, our unnamed narrator befriends an elderly man, Muhammad, who, as a young man, worked as a tour guide in the city of Tangier. Muhammad tells the narrator about his most famous clients, a lesbian couple - the renowned Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice Toklas, who on the recommendation of Henri Matisse hired Muhammad as their ... Weiterlesen

James Purdy: Cabot Wright Begins

James Purdy: Cabot Wright Begins

USA 2013, 252 pp., brochure, € 14.95
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W. W. Norton
First appearing in the stifling cultural climate of early 1960s America, »Cabot Wright Begins«, despite exuberant reviews from a few of America’s most astute reviewers, was regarded, given its shocking and disturbing content, as far too ahead of its time. It tells the story of Chicago car salesman Bernie Gladhart who, spurred on by his ambitious wife, decides to write ... Weiterlesen

Abdellah Taia: An Arab Melancholia

Abdellah Taia: An Arab Melancholia

Engl. by Frank Stock. USA 2012, 141 pp., brochure, € 16.95
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MIT Press
Salé, near Rabat. The 1980s. A lower-class teenager is running until he's out of breath. He's running after his dream, his dream to become a movie director. He's running after the Egyptian movie star, Souad Hosni, who's out there somewhere, miles away from this neighborhood - which is a place the teenager both loves and hates, the home at which ... Weiterlesen

Paul Russell: The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

Paul Russell: The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

USA 2011, 383 pp., brochure, € 19.95
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Cleis
Russell's protagonist is an outsider because of his sexuality. He is the eyewitness to world-changing events and manages to find a place for himself at the heart of the creative life of his times. Russell gives us incisive portraits of Cocteau, Diaghilev, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and their Charmed Circle, and Vladimir and Véra Nabokov, and glimpses into ... Weiterlesen

Paul Waters: The Philosopher Prince

Paul Waters: The Philosopher Prince

UK/CAN 2010, 374 pp., brochure, € 13.95
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355 AD. In a late-Roman world of ambitious bureaucrats and power-hungry courtiers, two young friends from Britannia, the young nobelman Drusus and his Roman lover Marcellus, have fallen foul of the emperor's authority. Charged with treason by their nemesis, the emperor's dark and terrifying agent Paulus, they must face the might of the corrupt Roman state. For Drusus and Marcellus ... Weiterlesen

Marshall J. Fisher: A Terrible Splendor

Marshall J. Fisher: A Terrible Splendor

Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played. USA 2009, 321 pp., brochure, € 15.99
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Crown
On the eve of World War II, with the Nazi flag fluttering over Wimbledon's Centre Court, America's tennis champion took on Germany's. This taccount uses the deciding 1937 Davis Cup match between Gottfried von Cramm and Don Budge to explore both the pre-topspin era of tennis and prewar international tension. Von Cramm emerges as an elegant resister to the Reich, ... Weiterlesen

Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories

Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories

USA 2008, 408 pp., pb., € 18.95
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First published in the 1930s, »The Berlin Stories« contains two astonishing related novels, »Mr. Norris Changes Trains« and »Goodbye to Berlin«, which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction. Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers; dangerous, with its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its mobs ... Weiterlesen

Randy Shilts: The Mayor of Castro Street

Randy Shilts: The Mayor of Castro Street

The Life and Times of Harvey Milk. USA 2008 (Reprint), 388 pp., brochure, € 19.99
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SMP
Known as »The Mayor of Castro Street« even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk´s personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in ... Weiterlesen

Louis Bayard: The Pale Blue Eye

Louis Bayard: The Pale Blue Eye

USA 2007, 415 pp., brochure, € 13.95
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At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point's, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into ... Weiterlesen

Andy Zeffer: Going Down in La-La Land

Andy Zeffer: Going Down in La-La Land

USA 2006, 253 pp., brochure, € 15.95
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An actor can - and will - do a lot of things to survive in Hollywood. Young, ambitious, and gay, Adam Zeller arrives from New York with the looks and talent to become a star, but he soon finds himself lost in a seamy (and steamy) underworld of gay porn and male prostitution, dealing with down-and-out directors, washed-up starlets, crystal ... Weiterlesen

David Leavitt: The Man Who Knew Too Much

David Leavitt: The Man Who Knew Too Much

USA 2006, 319 pp., brochure, € 15.95
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One of the most important openings to the modern computer was made by Alan Turing – remarkably while he was solving an entirely different problem. Shy and insecure about his middle-class origins, Turing could show those close to him sly humor and bracing candor – even about his homosexuality. He also had one of the keenest minds of the 20th ... Weiterlesen

T.C. Boyle: The Inner Circle

T.C. Boyle: The Inner Circle

USA 2005, 418 pp., pb., € 8.12
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1939, on the campus of Indiana University, a revolution is beginning. The stir is caused by Alfred Kinsey, a zoologist who is determinated to take sex out of the bedroom. John Milk, a freshman, is enthralled by the professor's daring lectures and over the next two decades becomes Kinsey's right-hand man. But Kinsey teaches Milk more than the art of ... Weiterlesen

Andrew Sean Greer: The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Andrew Sean Greer: The Confessions of Max Tivoli

UK/USA 2004, 271 pp., brochure, € 14.95
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Faber and Faber
Set in San Francisco a hundred years ago, it is the story of a man who suffers from a rare medical condition and, in a sense, lives life backwards. Max Tivoli is writing the story of his life. He is nearly seventy years old, but he looks as if he is only seven - for Max is ageing backwards. The ... Weiterlesen

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