The life and death of Anita Berber (1899-1928), who was what we would now call a performance artist, are inseparable from the frantically erotic climate of Weimar Germany, as this tabloid-style tell-all biography by Gordon (Voluptuous Panic) makes abundantly clear. A child of divorce, the Dresden-raised Berber began dancing at 16, earning major Berlin reviews and working in film by 1918; she began dancing nude in 1919, and did films titled Prostitution and Different from the Others that same year. Gordon provides numerous photos and titillating anecdotes taking readers from that point to Berber's death in a Beirut nightclub (including her alleged sexual enslavement to a woman and the woman's 15-year-old daughter). This intriguing, haphazard document offers a plethora of clues into a the life of a woman whose repertoire included a dance entitled "The Corpse on the Dissecting Table." Berber's life cries out for thorough study, such as that recently accorded inspired Dadaist Baroness Else von Freytag-Loringhoven.
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Like a few other reviewers I felt like the author padded the book out a little by going a little too far in depth on things other than the subject. Read morePublished 19 days ago by TROY A SNELL
Light and frothy read, a bit sensational. Know that you are getting less of a history book and more of a tabloid. If you can deal with that, enjoy!Published 18 months ago by Ms. Devlynn
Wow to live in Berlin in the 20s. I can only dream. I guess what happened to Germany later was to pay for all of Anita Berber's bad karma!Published 21 months ago by Anthony Clifton
At least about one thing. This book is awesome. Anita Berber is a wholly fascinating person, and the author presents her in an interesting light. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Karn Powers
Why would anyone want to read Mel Gordon's THE SEVEN ADDICTIONS AND FIVE PROFESSIONS OF ANITA BERBER? Why indeed! Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by R. Russell Bittner