Das Leben der Ise Frank. Ein biografischer Roman
First day of sale: 19.02.2020
»JEDER HIER NENNT MICH FRAU BAUHAUS«. Das Leben der Ise Frank/
»EVERYONE HERE CALLS ME MRS BAUHAUS«. The Life of Ise Frank
A biographical novel, ca. 300 pp., Autumn 2018
Ise Frank was the woman who sustained Bauhaus
A stirring and eventful 20th century female life
“It is the merit of this short but rich novel to finally have brought Ise Frank from Gro-pius’ half-shadow into light.” Andreas Schäfer, DLF Kultur
“Jana Revedin’s precise, sensitive and rich in imagery language brings brilliantly to live the atmosphere of the 1920ies.” Joachim Dicks, NDR Kultur
»THE BAUHAUS-IDEA BECAME MY SECOND SELF” – ISE FRANK
Ise Frank, a 26 year-old daughter of a bourgeois Jewish family, starts in the 1920ies a career as bookseller and literary critic in Munich. Her self-determined life under-goes a change when she meets the unconventional architect Walter Gropius in the spring of 1923 when he is in the process of creating his ‘Bauhaus’.
Soon Ise Frank and Walter Gropius get married and Ise becomes indispensable for Walter in the project of his life – Bauhaus.
Money worries, academic intrigues, passionate entanglements and the downfall of democracy in rising Nazi Germany cannot weaken their joint life’s work.
Today her name is forgotten: But Ise Frank was far more than the wife of Walter Gropius and secretary of the famous art-, architecture-, and design school. As author and journalist she had decisive influence on the course of the Bauhaus. And above all she ensured that the groundbreaking ideas of Bauhaus were not forgotten during and after the Nazi regime.
For the first time, Ise Frank – only seemingly a minor figure – takes center stage in this biographical novel told as an exciting chapter of contemporary history.
Rights sold to: Neri Pozza (Italian)
Jana Revedin, born in 1965 in Constance, is an architect specialised in modern reform architecture. Following her studies in Buenos Aires, Princeton and Milan, she completed her doctorate at the University of Venice. Today she is Professor of Architecture and Urban City Planning at the Ecole Speciale d ?Architecture in Paris and at the University of Lyon. Jana Revedin lives in Venice.