Originally published in 1927 in the Frankfurter Zeitung in German, "The Little Typewriter" is published for the first time in English as a chapbook. Written by Siegfried Kracauer, translated by Johannes von Moltke, and with illustrations by Vlad Beronja, this chapbook is all bound up in a little letterpressed bundle.
The launch of Harlequin Creature's first chapbook, “The Little Typewriter,” will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 6pm at the Ann Arbor Art Center. All are welcome to a reading and discussion with translator Johannes von Motlke. The event is in partnership with Literati Bookstore.
For more information on “The Little Typewriter,” read Meghan Forbes' short article: http://www.michiganquarterlyreview.com/2017/03/object-of-desire/.
If you can't make it to the launch, copies can be purchased online at http://harlequincreature.tumblr.com/post/158459866547/babys-first-chapbook-the-little-typewriter.
Siegfried Kracauer (author)
Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was a German Jewish author and intellectual, often associated with the Frankfurt school of critical theory. In the 1920s, he served as an editor at, and wrote frequently for, the Frankfurter Zeitung. With the rise of Nazi Germany, Kracauer and his wife Lili left for Paris, and eventually settled in New York, where they lived out the rest of their lives. In the United States, Kracauer wrote his seminal Theory of Film.
Johannes von Moltke (translator)
Johannes von Moltke is a Professor of German Studies and Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches the history of German cinema, with a particular interest in our shifting understanding of film and more recent media. His latest book, The Curious Humanist, explores the encounter between German and American intellectual traditions through the figure of Siegfried Kracauer, the film theorist and critic who fled the Nazis in 1933 and spent the last quarter century of his life in New York, where he wrote several important books about film. Most recently, Johannes has been thinking about how the media (and media theorists) have changed our notions of what it means to be human.
Vlad Beronja (illustrator)
Vlad Beronja was born in Bosnia (then Yugoslavia) and grew up in Croatia and the United States. He received a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is currently working as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Sometimes he draws for fun.