History is purportedly written by the winners, but the anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin would beg to differ. In April of 1945, the Russian army doggedly fought its way into Germany's capital — and this unknown woman kept a detailed record of daily life as the city fell. As the civilians were slowly crushed between two opposing forces, she wrote of the privations, the corruption and the degradation women endure — or don't — as war rages. Philip Boehm's English translation of this remarkable book has been praised for its "brutal lyricism"; tonight at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com), actress Carrie Hegdahl (pictured) performs a unique reading of this unusual diary. Boehm will also be on hand to discuss the book and his work. Admission is free.
Mon., Jan. 28, 2008