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Jurek Becker

Amanda Heartless

(German title: Amanda herzlos)
ca. 384 pages
Paperback
1994
Jurek Becker
Foto: Jurek Becker
© Nikolaus Becker

Jurek Becker was born on September 30, 1937, in Lodz/Poland and died on March 14, 1997, in Sieseby/Schleswig-Holstein.

From 1939 to 1945 Becker grew up in the Ghetto in Lodz and was later interred in the concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen. In 1945 he moved to East Berlin where between 1957 and 1960 he studied Philosophy at Humboldt University. In 1960 for political reasons Becker was barred from studying further and thus transferred to film school in Babelsberg.

Becker is the author of numerous screenplays. In 1969 his first novel was published – Jacob the Liar became known throughout the world. Jurek Becker’s work was awarded with numerous prizes, including the Grimme Prize and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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»Amanda Heartless is simultaneously a love-story, a portrait of the age, a coming of age novel, and a satire of literature in which the decline of a much maligned state is mirrored in the destiny of a woman depicted through the professional pens of her lovers.« Michael Bauer, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Other publications

Jakob der Lügner/Jacob the Liar (2007)

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