Auteur: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
Titel: I Am My Own Woman
Sub titel: The Outlaw Life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Berlin’s Most Distinguished Transvestite
I Am My Own Woman is the first English Edition of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf’s acclaimed autobiography (Ich Bin Meine Eigene Frau). The memoirs of a transvestite Berliner, the story of the wonderful Gründerzeit museum, a look at German culture from the point of view of a permanent outsider, Charlotte’s tale, like her life, is a surprising and provocative weave of sex, politics, and history. Born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf ’s careers span the most tempestuous decades of our century. I Am My Own Woman is the story of that century, from the point of view of a woman whose lifelong passions have been furniture and freedom. Berfelde loved to wear an apron and polish porcelain. Given his druthers, he would have chosen to live quietly in the 19th century, perhaps as a housekeeper in a well-appointed home near Berlin. Instead, his life took a bumpier course. During World War II, Lothar murdered his father, dubbed himself Charlotte and has lived openly as a transvestite since. Dressed in high-heeled sandals and a good suit, Charlotte has collected furnishings from the Gründerzeit since adolescence, rescuing pieces from Jewish deportees, protecting bourgeois cultural assets from the Stasi, and lately, defending her collection against skinhead assaults.
1995, 224 pag., Euro 21,54
Cleis Press, Pittsburgh/San Francisco, ISBN 1573440108
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