Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman

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Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman by Hannah Arendt.pdf

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Descriptions : She was, Hannah Arendt wrote, my closest friend, though she has been dead for some hundred years Born in Berlin in 1771 as the daughter of a Jewish merchant, Rahel Varnhagen would come to host one of the most prominent salons of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Arendt discovered her writings some time in the mid 1920s and soon began to reimagine Rahel She was, Hannah Arendt wrote, my closest friend, though she has been dead for some hundred years Born in Berlin in 1771 as the daughter of a Jewish merchant, Rahel Varnhagen would come to host one of the most prominent salons of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Arendt discovered her writings some time in the mid 1920s and soon began to reimagine Rahel s inner life and write her biography Long unavailable and never before published as Arendt intended, Rahel Varnhagen The Life of a Jewess returns to print in an extraordinary new edition For this first complete and critical edition of the book in any language, Liliane Weissberg reconstructs the notes Arendt planned for Rahel Varnhagen but never fully executed She reveals the full extent to which Arendt wove the biography largely from the words of Rahel and her contemporaries In her extended introduction, Weissberg reflects on Rahel s writings, on Arendt s reading of Rahel s work and life, and on the importance of this text in the development of Arendt s political theory But the book was important to its author in other ways as well, Weissberg reveals, as she uncovers the hidden story of how Arendt manipulated documents relating to Rahel Varnhagen to claim for herself a university position and reparation payments from the postwar German state










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