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The endpaper we have used is a Wiener Werkstätte fabric called ‘Paul’ designed in 1927 in Vienna by Clara Posnanski; the horizontal black lines give a sinister quality to an otherwise gentle design.
Manja
ANNA GMEYNER
Written in London by a young Austrian playwright in exile, Manja opens, radically, with five conception scenes one night in 1920. Set in the turbulent Germany of the Weimar Republic, it goes on, equally dramatically, to describe the lives of the children and their families until 1933 when the Nazis came to power.‘What is so unusual,’ wrote Ber thold Vier tel in 1938,‘is the way the novel contrasts the children’s community – in all its idealism, romanticism, decency and enchantment
– with the madhouse community of the adults.’ A reader was ‘stunned by the power of this harrowing and heroic novel’, another was ‘beguiled and shocked’ when she read it after The Priory (also published in the summer of 1939). The Preface is by the author’s daughter; the new translation is by Kate Phillips.
PREFACE BY EVA IBBOTSON,TRANSLATED BY KATE PHILLIPS
 A street in Frankenthal, Germany, in 1933
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