New edition: Egon Erwin Kisch, DIE DREI KÜHE

 Egon Erwin Kisch

Eine Bauerngeschichte zwischen Tirol und Spanien

(The Three Cows. A farmer’s story between Tyrol and Spain)

A new edition with illustrations by Amado Oliver Mauprivez, edited and commented by Joachim Gatterer

Egon Erwin Kisch was known as “The Raging Reporter” and one of the most prominent authors in the literary landscape of the Weimar Republic. In several travel accounts he portrayed the great changes of his time with an up to that time unique feel for the extraordinary and the inconspicuous. As a reporter of the Spanish Civil War in 1938 Kisch published the story of the young Tyrolean small farmer Max Bair who had given up his indebted farm in order to go to war with three friends on a voluntary basis. More than seventy years after the publication of the illustrated first edition of the “Three Cows” an authentic new edition is now available in German language.

In an extensive epilogue the editor provides additional background information and refers to numerous literary parallels to important themes and works of that time. In the context of typical provincial literature the “Three Cows” takes a special place not least because of its long journalistic odyssey. The text arrived in several Eastern European countries from Madrid through Moscow and London, along communist paths, until it was first published in a Tyrolean calendar in 1980.

 “A fascinating story of modern Europe, told by a writer whose name is an international by-word.”

Blurb of the English edition, London, 1939

 Egon Erwin Kisch: Born in 1885 and died in 1948 in Prague. Achieved publishing success in Berlin with numerous collections of reportage in the 1920s, amongst them “The Raging Reporter” (1925), “Tsars, Popes, Bolsheviks” (1927), “Paradise America” (1930), “Changing Asia” (1932). He moved to Paris after Hitlers takeover in 1933. As a spokesman for the German-speaking writers in exile he toured Australia (1934/35) and Spain (1937/38). With the outbreak of World War II, he moved from the United States to Mexico. In 1946 he returned to Prague.

 Amado Oliver Mauprivez: Born in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) in 1886, died in Barcelona in 1996. Around 1900, his first works as poster artist appeared in Madrid. During the Popular Front government he worked as an employee at the studio of the “Sindicato de Bellas Artes” of the “Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT)”. After Franco’s victory in 1939 he continued to work as a graphic designer in Spain.

Joachim Gatterer: Born in Bruneck (Bozen/Italy) in 1980. Studies at the Universities of Innsbruck and Bologna. Teaching in 2007/08, followed by PhD studies. Since 2010 research fellow at the Institute of History and European Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck. Several publications on South Tyrolean, Italian and Austrian political history.

176 Seiten mit vielen Fotos; paperback | 12 x 19; Euro [D/A] 13,50; [I] 12,50; ISBN 978-88-7283-425-1

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  1. patrickmehr · · Reply

    Egon Erwin Kisch’s autobiography, Sensation Fair, is now available as an eBook

  2. I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it.
    I have you book marked to look at new stuff you post…

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