Berlin-born artist Charlotte Salomon died young. The year before her murder she completed a unique fictionalised autobiography-in-paint that she described as her means of conquering death. Charlotte perished at Auschwitz at the age of twenty-six, but her opus, evocatively titled Life? or Theatre?, survives and continues to astonish. The sixty poems in Mask, centred on Charlotte Salomon's life and work, weave homage and history, invention and declaration, discovery and resolution, in a tight contrapuntal lyric.

Mask 2003, Guernica Editions, Toronto, Canada

ISBN-13: 9781550711813

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