Volker Weidermann

Dreamers. When the Poets Took Power

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Dreamers. When the Poets Took Power

Complete English translation available (published with Pushkin Press 1st Nov. 2018)
SPIEGEL-bestseller (12 weeks / highest ranking: #15)
Recommended as a `Book of the Year 2018´ in the Spectator (GB)

At the end of the First World War in Germany, the journalist and theatre critic Kurt Eisner organised a revolution which overthrew the monarchy, and declared a Free State of Bavaria. In February 1919, he was assassinated, and the revolution failed.

But while the dream lived, it was the writers, the poets, the playwrights and the intellectuals who led the way. As well as Eisner, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, and many other prominent figures in German cultural history were involved.

In his characteristically lucid, sharp prose, Volker Weidermann presents us with a slice of history – November 1918 to April 1919 – and shows how a small group of people could have altered the course of the twentieth century.

Narrative non-fiction


ISBN: 978-3-462-04714-1
release: 09. November 2017
288 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Volker Weidermann, born in Darmstadt in 1969, studied political science and German language and literature in Heidelberg and Berlin. He works as literary editor in the culture department of Spiegel and lives in Berlin. His book Ostende. 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft (“Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark”) published in 2014, about the friendship between Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig in exile, was on the Spiegel bestseller list for months and sold rights to numerous countries.