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The Unheeded Warning, 1918–1933 [a memoir]

Manès Sperber, translated from the German by Harry Zohn
The Unheeded Warning, 1918–1933 [a memoir]
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1032-4
1991/216 pages/LC: 90005399
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"Describes with aching immediacy the rise of Nazism in the early 1930s.... This intense reminiscence includes wry portraits of Wilhelm Reich and Bertolt Brecht, and an account of the author's break with Adler."—Publishers Weekly

"An intimate memoir and eyewitness report in which rich and anguished years come searing to life."—Peter Demetz, author of After the Fires


The Unheeded Warning richly portrays the turbulent interwar period in Vienna and Berlin through the eyes of one of the century's foremost intellectuals and activists. Psychologist, novelist, essayist, and revolutionary, Manès Sperber begins his story in Vienna when he was thirteen years old and concludes the book—which is the second volume of his three-volume autobiography, All Our Yesterdays—with a gripping account of his imprisonment and release by the Germans in Berlin.


Manès Sperber won the Georg Büchner Prize and, shortly before his death in 1984, the prestigious German Book Trade Peace Prize. He wrote many works of fiction and nonfiction, including his acclaimed trilogy, Like a Tear in the Ocean.