London Fragments

Rüdiger Görner / Translated by Debra Marmor and Herbert Danner

‘If you like London – or love good writing – you’ll want to curl up with this book and walk the streets with the great writers who have been there before’ 

London Fragments captures a flavour of the capital in all its myriad glory… a refreshingly novel perspective.’
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On ten strolls through some of London’s most interesting areas, Rüdiger Görner explores the great literary landscapes of the capital. He meets Shakespeare, Heine and Hogarth south of the river, finds Virginia Woolf and Lady Ottoline Morrell in Bloomsbury, discovers Blake and Trollope in Westminster, happens on Carlyles in Chelsea, comes across John Keats in Hampstead and searches for Bacon and Hanif Kureishi in the suburbs. In the footsteps of this literary rambler we discover familiar places are their history anew. Through the eyes of those that drew inspiration from the capital before him, Görner reveals London’s literary heritage.

RÜDIGER GÖRNER is Chair of the Department of German at Queen Mary, University of London. He has written biographies of Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Kokoschka, and a monograph on Nietzsche’s poetics of thought and the aesthetics of transitions.

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