The Refugee Speaks of Parvenus and Their Beautiful Illusions: A Rediscovered 1934 Text by Hannah Arendt

  title={The Refugee Speaks of Parvenus and Their Beautiful Illusions: A Rediscovered 1934 Text by Hannah Arendt},
  author={Haun Saussy},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={1 - 14}
  • Haun Saussy
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • History
  • Critical Inquiry
When Hannah Arendt left Berlin in 1933, embarking on an eighteenyear period of wandering without a nationality, she carried in her bags eleven chapters of a book manuscript about Rahel Levin Varnhagen von Ense, a salonnière and letter-writer of the early nineteenth century.1 Arendt’s doctoral dissertation about the concept of love in Saint Augustine had already been accepted and published in 1929. Retrospectively at least, the book about Rahel Varnhagen became the Habilitation that Arendt could… 

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