- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (October 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871403366
- ISBN-13: 978-0871403360
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives 1st Edition
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“Wieland is shrewd…about her subjects and has done serious work…that give her book credibility, texture, and unending interest. This is the story of two glamorous women whose achievements in another time might have been no more substantial than the images on a screen but who assumed real-life roles with the highest historical stakes.”
- Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker
“The true subject of [Wieland’s] dual biography is…the contrast between good and evil…Did the women ally themselves with a particular nation because that nation reflected their authentic selves? Or did the choice itself―Dietrich's move to America; Riefenstahl's complicity with the Third Reich―transform them into different people than they would otherwise have been? Wieland offers no pat answers…Evil here is not banal; it is jaw-droppingly bizarre and eclipses good.”
- M. G. Lord, Los Angeles Times
“In this lively, deliciously gossipy dual biography, Karin Wieland treats both with great sympathy but also clear-eyed assessment.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“[With] hypnotic power…. Wieland uses these two virtuosos’ lives to generate piercing insights about ambition, ego, creativity and the life-changing, world-altering repercussions of a momentous choice.”
- Michael Sragow, Washington Post
“Behold Karin Wieland's Dietrich & Riefenstahl, a double-decker biography about a pair of sacred monsters that motors the length of a century, through two world wars, countless affairs, still-burning controversies, and white satin streams of Hollywood lore, never losing focus on the point on the horizon where fame and infamy meet…As a mere mortal myself, I finished Dietrich & Riefenstahl fully sated and completely agog.”
- James Wolcott, Vanity Fair columnist and author of the PEN Award–winning collection Critical Mass
“Illuminating…. Via a fluent, often witty translation by Shelley Frisch, Wieland draws the portrait of women who were ambitious to a degree stunning in their day. Moreover, by tracking their divergent careers together, she is able subtly to suggest some answers to a question that hangs over every mid-century German artist: what kind of responses were available to the Nazi apocalypse?”
- Farran Smith Nehme, The Guardian (UK)
“A sweeping, revelatory dual biography.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Separating fiction from the apocryphal, German political theory historian Wieland takes readers on a densely layered, whirlwind tour of Weimar Germany, 1930s Hollywood, the Third Reich, World War II, and more…. An absorbing read and a must-have for film collections. Highly recommended where Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts is popular.”
- Kent Turner, School Library Journal
“Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl have found an ideal biographer in Karin Wieland. She brings a lively style, a wealth of detail, and a perfect balance between skeptical objectivity and measured sympathy to her account of the parallel and then diverging lives of these two ambitious women.”
- Celia Applegate, Vanderbilt University
About the Author
Karin Wieland lives in Berlin and is an historian of political theory at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture.
Shelley Frisch is the prize-winning translator of biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.