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Leaves from Life's Tree

by Helene Raff
Leaves from Life's Tree

Translated into English by Alan Howe.
Paperback (21 x 14.8 cm). 346 pages.

Available for the first time in English, Leaves from Life's Tree is the fascinating autobiography of Joachim Raff's daughter, Helene. Trained as a painter but becoming a successful writer, Helene Raff grew up and flourished in the liberal, cultured artistic milieu of 19th century Germany, which was eventually swept away by the catastrophe of the First World War. The first few chapters contain a detailed account of her father's domestic life and a touching reminiscence of his death and its difficult aftermath for Helen and her mother. Boasting a dazzling array of famous characters such as Liszt, Ibsen and "mad" King Ludwig II, her lively but unsentimental autobiography teems with the once-famous writers, sculptors, musicians, actors and painters in her circle and ends with a chilling account of the collapse of Germany in 1918. In a masterful translation by Alan Howe, Helene Raff's story is revealed as an entertaining and valuable document which sheds fresh light on a forgotten era, fleshed out for today's readers by many newly-researched footnotes and a generous selection of photographs.


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