Author(s): Angelika Schrobsdorff
As a young woman, Else made two promises to herself: to live life to the fullest and to have a child with every man she loves. So here are the stories of husbands, companions, lovers, and emissaries of a world in which men repeatedly prove themselves inadequate and the stories of Else's three children. From World War One and the roaring twenties, an orgy of parties, caberet and concerts to the dreadful advent of Nazism and Else's exile in Bulgaria, this a sweeping epic held together by the forceful figure of a woman who is larger than life.
Angelika Schrobsdorff was born in 1927 in Freiburg. She immigrated to Sofia in 1939 with her mother and returned to Germany in 1947. She married Claude Lanzmann, director of the landmark 1985 documentary Shoah, in 1971, and, after more than a decade in Paris and Monaco they moved to Israel in 1983. Today, Angelika Schrobsdorff lives in Berlin. She is the author of ten novels and two works of short stories.