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A tale of tragedy and murder in 1930s Bohemia

Ernst Weiss was a German jewish writer that was good friends with both Franz Kafka who edited some of his earlier works and Stefan Zweig. This book Zweig considered Weiss's best writing.

Jarmila is set in the 1930′s in a small rural Bohemian village The title character Jarmila is a pretty young women described as the village beauty that married her sugar daddy a local feather merchant a rich man who keeps her in the way she has grown accustom too. But then a younger man a watch maker appears creating a love triangle, Jarmila is offer a new life by this man in America away from the feather merchant but also away from the money, we see the love affair blossom between the watch maker and Jarmila he at one point compares her breasts to bohemian apples full of scent and skin like down.

But as much as the is love in this affair Jarmila is always held back by the life she has living with the rich feather merchant and in That is the crux of the book that decision it is about what is important in people’s lives love or money, safety or danger. The book is very short only 80 odd pages long. It was also lost for a long time until a copy was found in Prague university in 1990 and published in 1998 and this translation published in 2004 by Pushkin press.
Book Details:

Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Language: German
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781901285291

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