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ROSEMARY (working title)

Erich Kuby

  • Original Title: ROSEMARIE
  • Publication date: December 1958
  • Publisher: HENRY GOVERTS
  • Country: DE
  • 306 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Death, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Capitalism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, LOVE / HATE, Sex, Power, Corruption


A novel about the scandalous murder of the high-class prostitute Rosemarie Nittribit, that also essentially offers a critical portrait of German society during the "economic miracle" of the 1950s, marked by ruthlessness and corruption.


Translation rights sold: Italy (offer)

Erich Kuby became famous because of his collaboration in the screenplay for the movie Das Mädchen Rosemarie (directed by Rolf Thiele in 1958). It served as the basis for this novel.

"An amazingly precise analyses of the social situation at the time. (...) Greatly entertaining. This new edition, containing a clever, sociologically based essay, saves the Nittribit case on a high level into the third millennium." Kristina Maidt-Zinke, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Translation rights sold: Italy (offer)

Originally published in 16 languages in the 1950/60s.

Erich Kuby (1910 - 2005) was a German journalist, publisher and screenwriter. In 1992, he was awarded the Publizistikpreis der Landeshauptstadt München (Publisher's Prize of Munich) for his lifelong activity in publishing. He was posthumously awarded the Kurt-Tucholsky-Preis of 2005.


ROSEMARY tells the story of Rosemary Nitribitt, who became famous during the post-war years in the economic powerhouse of Frankfurt as a high-class prostitute. Her clients included influential figures in the world of finance and industry. Rosemary’s murder in the autumn of 1957 caused a scandal. Her killer was never caught, and the mistakes in the investigation - including the temporary mislaying of the case files - inspired many rumours and legends.

More than the story of a criminal case and the ensuing scandal, Erich Kuby’s book explores the period now known as the German “economic miracle”. Writing in a vivid and atmospheric style, he captures the spirit of the 1950s in the Federal Republic of Germany. His Rosemary becomes symbolic of the double standards of contemporary society and the dark side of the economic boom.

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