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Volker Weidermann

Volker Weidermann is a writer and literary critic. He is the cultural editor of Der Spiegel. Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power, Germany 1918 is his latest book.
Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power
Munich, November 1918: in the final days of WWI, revolutionaries occupied official buildings and overthrew the monarchy. At the head of the newly declared Free State of Bavaria was journalist and theatre critic, Kurt Eisner. He was joined by the luminaries of German cultural history — Thomas Mann, Ernst Toller and Rainer Maria Rilke. Yet the idyll would not last: in February 1919, Eisner was assassinated and the dream shattered. But, while it survived, it was the writers, poets, playwright...