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Anna Seghers' Exile Literature

The Mexican Years (1941-1947)


Kathleen J. Labahn

This book analyzes and evaluates Anna Seghers' literary production in Mexican exile from 1941 to 1947, focusing on the historical and psychological factors which influenced her writing. For many European exiles Mexico meant refuge and the opportunity to resume political anti-fascist activity. Anna Seghers was instrumental in founding and guiding communist-led projects in Mexico, such as the monthly cultural and political magazine, Freies Deutschland, the political organizations, the «Bewegung Freies Deutschland» and the «Lateinamerikanisches Komitee der Freien Deutschen», the «Heinrich Heine-Klub», and the publishing house, «El Libro Libre».
Contents: In order to arrive at a deeper appreciation of the reciprocal relationship between individual experience, socio-historical reality, and art, this book analyzes and evaluates Anna Seghers' prose and essays within the framework of her Mexican exile and the wider historical context between 1941 and the author's return to Germany in 1947.