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Friedrich Torberg

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Friedrich Torberg (September 16, 1908 - November 10, 1979) is the pen-name of Friedrich Kantor-Berg, an Austrian writer.

He worked as a critic and journalist in Vienna and Prague until 1938, when his Jewish heritage compelled him to emigrate to France and, later, to the United States, where he worked as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and New York. In 1951 he returned to Vienna, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Torberg is known best for his satirical writings in fiction and nonfiction, as well as his translations into German of the stories of Ephraim Kishon, which remain the standard German language version of Kishon's work.

Selected works

  • Der Schüler Gerber hat absolviert (1930) (this semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of a high school student under the oppression of a tyrannical teacher)
  • Die Tante Jolesch oder der Untergang des Abendlandes in Anekdoten (1975) (a collection of amusing yet bittersweet anecdotes about Jewish life and personalities in pre-Nazi Vienna and Prague)
  • Die Erben der Tante Jolesch (1978) (the sequel to the above)de:Friedrich Torberg
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