Egon Erwin Kisch

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Kisch, Egon Erwin


Born Apr. 29, 1885, in Prague; died there Mar. 31, 1948. Czech-German writer (wrote in German).

An officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I (1914–18), Kisch joined the Communist Party of Austria in 1918. He visited the USSR in 1925, 1926, 1930, and 1931 and wrote two political accounts of his experiences: Tsars, Priests, and Bolsheviks (1927) and A Changed Asia (1932; Russian translation, 1934). He fought in the International Brigade in Spain in 1937–38, lived in Mexico from 1940 to 1946, and returned to Prague in 1946. An artistic treatment of topical issues is a dominant feature of Kisch’s creative talent. In 1923 he compiled an anthology entitled Classical Journalism. In his articles and speeches, and especially in his book The Sensation Market (1942), Kisch affirmed the aesthetic and moral responsibility of the journalist.


Gesammelte Werke in Einzelausgaben, vols. 1–7. Edited by B. Uhse and G. Kisch in eight volumes. Berlin, 1960–72.
In Russian translation:
Amerikanskii rai. Moscow, 1931.
Gody i liudi. Moscow, 1936.
Rasskazy ob Ispanii. Moscow, 1939.
Reportazhi. Moscow, 1964.


Lunacharskii, A. V. “E. E. Kish.” Literaturnaia gazeta, 1929, no. 12.
Schlenstedt, D. E. E. Kisch: Leben und Werk. Berlin, 1968.
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He is the two-time recipient of the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for German-language journalism (1988 and 1996); his carefully constructed, dystopian first novel, Sara tanzt (Sara dances) was awarded the Mara Cassens Prize for the best first novel of 2003.
Notable contributions by the printmakers, among the most prominent of which was Leopoldo Mendez, whose Deportacion a la muerte (Deportation to Death), (3) illustrated in the book, has been called one of the earliest depictions of the Holocaust outside Europe, and by such emigre authors as Anna Seghers, Bodo Uhse and Egon Erwin Kisch, all members of the editorial committee, demonstrate significant elements in an influential stage of their creators' careers, termed by art historian Peter Chametzky as the " 'pre-history' of the German Democratic Republic.
Deportation order: Egon Erwin Kisch, Czechoslovakian: Declared to be a prohibited migrant.
To me, this book is at its best when people are talking ("The Receipt" by Karel Capek, "The Case of the Washerwoman" by Egon Erwin Kisch, and Bohumil Hrabel's "The Hotel Pariz," where a waiter who's never made a false step does so - and takes his revenge on the dining room - all narrated with great animation and flying dumplings by his colleague).