AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE is the title of Janet Frame's most famous book, the second volume of her bestselling autobiography, but the name now generally refers to the whole trilogy (also including Volume One: TO THE IS-LAND and Volume Three: THE ENVOY FROM MIRROR CITY).
The phrase 'an angel at my table' refers to a poem (written in French!) by the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Janet Frame's favourite poet.
Two other Janet Frame titles are being published by Beck in German translation this year: a new edition of Janet Frame's first novel, OWLS DO CRY (WENN EULEN SCHREIN) and the paperback edition of TOWARDS ANOTHER SUMMER (DEM NEUEN SOMMER ENTGEGEN) which recently enjoyed great success in a hardback edition.
As is practically par for the course with Janet Frame, there is some misinformation surrounding the re-release of these three titles in Germany this year.
And all three of the titles being re-released this year by C H Beck were in fact "in print" in German translation the last couple of years (two of the titles were in print with other publishers and the rights were only recently reverted so that Beck could publish their updated versions of older translations).
Another mistake is that three books (two novels and an autobiography) are being represented in various places on the internet either as all three being "autobiographical novels", or, on the other hand, as all three comprising Frame's famed three volumes of "autobiography".
Owls Do Cry First Edition 1957
Owls Do Cry (Wenn Eulen Schrein) First German Edition 1961