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"The Salon of Exiled Artists in California" is a biography of Salka Viertel, a Jewish actress who emigrated to Hollywood and was popularly known as the screenwriter of the Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Besides, she had a salon in Santa Monica, California, which was attended by a large part of the European intelligentsia in exile. Salka was a very modern and interesting woma "The Salon of Exiled Artists in California" is a biography of Salka Viertel, a Jewish actress who emigrated to Hollywood and was popularly known as the screenwriter of the Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Besides, she had a salon in Santa Monica, California, which was attended by a large part of the European intelligentsia in exile. Salka was a very modern and interesting woman for her time who should be recognized as such. The book deals with topics such as Salka Viertel's alleged bisexuality and the number of friends she had, to name but a few: Albert Einstein, Charles Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Max Reinhardt, Arnold Schönberg, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Greta Garbo, Montgomery Clift... Also, like Gertrude Stein and other notorious women, she had her literary salon through which writers like Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal and many other writers passed. Other themes she covers are the Berlin of the 1920s; the transition from silent to spoken film, as seen from the Mecca of Hollywood. Then, the rise of Hitler and what it meant for the Jewish condition; the exile of those intellectuals who could not return to their respective countries because of the Second World War. Later, the Cold War and the witch-hunt against communism. The truth is that the background to the life of Salka Viertel and her circle of friends encompasses the great events of the 20th century. With this project, the author was awarded the Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016) and the Baltic Centre (Sweden, 2017) residency grants. REVIEW: "A very interesting story and I think even in these very current times since in my eyes we have not made much progress on the issue of acceptance of 'interpersonal feelings' in general. A great and extremely interesting book about Hollywood in the thirties and forties about the influence of artists from European countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, England, Ukraine and others. An extensive and high-quality research project resulting in an in-depth account of many well-known and famous personalities and their interpersonal relationships."-Joannes W. M. Groenewege, translator. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Núria Añó (Lleida, 1973) is a Catalan writer. Part of her work has been translated into Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Latvian, Portuguese, Dutch and Greek. Her novel "Els nens de l'Elisa" (2006) was the third finalist in the 24th Ramon Llull Prize. This was followed by "L'escriptora morta" (["The Dead Writer" 2020], 2008), "Núvols baixos" (["Lowering Clouds", 2020], 2009) and "La Mirada del fill" (2012). Her biography on Salka Viertel “El salon de los artistas exiliados en California” ("The Salon of Exiled Artistas in California", 2020) is the result of three years of research and her most recent work. She won the 18th Joan Fuster Award for Narrative Ciutat d'Almenara, the fourth international writing award 2018 Shanghai Get-Together and has been awarded prestigious international grants: Nuoren Voiman Liitto (Finland, 2016), Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016), Baltic Centre (Sweden, 2017), IWTCR (Greece, 2017), Krakow UNESCO City of Literature (Poland, 2018), IWTH (Latvia, 2019) and IWP (China, 2020). More information at www.nuriaanyo.com.


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"The Salon of Exiled Artists in California" is a biography of Salka Viertel, a Jewish actress who emigrated to Hollywood and was popularly known as the screenwriter of the Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Besides, she had a salon in Santa Monica, California, which was attended by a large part of the European intelligentsia in exile. Salka was a very modern and interesting woma "The Salon of Exiled Artists in California" is a biography of Salka Viertel, a Jewish actress who emigrated to Hollywood and was popularly known as the screenwriter of the Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Besides, she had a salon in Santa Monica, California, which was attended by a large part of the European intelligentsia in exile. Salka was a very modern and interesting woman for her time who should be recognized as such. The book deals with topics such as Salka Viertel's alleged bisexuality and the number of friends she had, to name but a few: Albert Einstein, Charles Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Max Reinhardt, Arnold Schönberg, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Greta Garbo, Montgomery Clift... Also, like Gertrude Stein and other notorious women, she had her literary salon through which writers like Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal and many other writers passed. Other themes she covers are the Berlin of the 1920s; the transition from silent to spoken film, as seen from the Mecca of Hollywood. Then, the rise of Hitler and what it meant for the Jewish condition; the exile of those intellectuals who could not return to their respective countries because of the Second World War. Later, the Cold War and the witch-hunt against communism. The truth is that the background to the life of Salka Viertel and her circle of friends encompasses the great events of the 20th century. With this project, the author was awarded the Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016) and the Baltic Centre (Sweden, 2017) residency grants. REVIEW: "A very interesting story and I think even in these very current times since in my eyes we have not made much progress on the issue of acceptance of 'interpersonal feelings' in general. A great and extremely interesting book about Hollywood in the thirties and forties about the influence of artists from European countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, England, Ukraine and others. An extensive and high-quality research project resulting in an in-depth account of many well-known and famous personalities and their interpersonal relationships."-Joannes W. M. Groenewege, translator. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Núria Añó (Lleida, 1973) is a Catalan writer. Part of her work has been translated into Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Latvian, Portuguese, Dutch and Greek. Her novel "Els nens de l'Elisa" (2006) was the third finalist in the 24th Ramon Llull Prize. This was followed by "L'escriptora morta" (["The Dead Writer" 2020], 2008), "Núvols baixos" (["Lowering Clouds", 2020], 2009) and "La Mirada del fill" (2012). Her biography on Salka Viertel “El salon de los artistas exiliados en California” ("The Salon of Exiled Artistas in California", 2020) is the result of three years of research and her most recent work. She won the 18th Joan Fuster Award for Narrative Ciutat d'Almenara, the fourth international writing award 2018 Shanghai Get-Together and has been awarded prestigious international grants: Nuoren Voiman Liitto (Finland, 2016), Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016), Baltic Centre (Sweden, 2017), IWTCR (Greece, 2017), Krakow UNESCO City of Literature (Poland, 2018), IWTH (Latvia, 2019) and IWP (China, 2020). More information at www.nuriaanyo.com.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Esta biografía está escrita de una forma original y concienzuda, muy bien documentada, biografía apasionante donde la autora indaga de una forma muy interesante y así lo muestra con la vida de Salka Viertel, una mujer polaca y judía nacida a finales del siglo XIX. Salka Viertel vivió dos guerras mundiales y dos exilios, sorteó los peligros, las pérdidas, el dolor que conlleva todo ello y el hecho de ser diferente a las mujeres de su época, en unos tiempos donde la mujer tenía que hacerse un hueco Esta biografía está escrita de una forma original y concienzuda, muy bien documentada, biografía apasionante donde la autora indaga de una forma muy interesante y así lo muestra con la vida de Salka Viertel, una mujer polaca y judía nacida a finales del siglo XIX. Salka Viertel vivió dos guerras mundiales y dos exilios, sorteó los peligros, las pérdidas, el dolor que conlleva todo ello y el hecho de ser diferente a las mujeres de su época, en unos tiempos donde la mujer tenía que hacerse un hueco en la sociedad, que le era negado. Ella fue valiente y luchadora, en un mundo donde dominaban los hombres, sobre todo en el ámbito laboral y social. Salka Viertel fue una mujer de gran calidad humana, amiga de sus amigos, acogedora, amable, culta... Sin plantearse nada en especial, dejó fluir su interesante vida, fue actriz, salonnière, guionista, madre, amante, amiga, esposa... En su casa del exilio en California creó un salón literario y de encuentro. Allí conoció a grandes escritores, actores, poetas, pintores... la mayoría la admiraban y adoraban. Durante años fue guionista de la actriz sueca Greta Garbo y por ello, su autora ahonda sutilmente en la profunda y larga amistad entre ambas. La bisexualidad, la homosexualidad, la diferencia de edad entre parejas, las cobardes traiciones políticas en la conocida "caza de brujas", la amistad, la familia, la guerra, la muerte, el hambre... El Nazismo visto desde el exilio, temas interesantes como el mundo del cine mudo, sonoro y sus trifulcas, la vida fugaz de las estrellas de la gran pantalla etc. Unas vidas de cine que se reunían en un salón cada domingo. Su autora Núria Añó no solo presenta la vida de esta salonnière y de otra gente admirable que ha formado parte de nuestra historia pasada y reciente, sino que a través de sus vidas conocemos un momento muy crítico en Europa, donde sobrevivir era lo realmente difícil, mientras tanto otros triunfaban y vivían de lujo en la meca del cine en Hollywood. Un sinfín de vidas intensas y cómo las narra la autora, como personas sin miedo y luchando, día a día, contra corriente, muchas veces, sin perder la esperanza y sin olvidar los orígenes lejanos y el país de dónde proceden: esa Alemania que llevan en su corazón y que la historia les arrebató.

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