Initially reluctant, James Illy Friedmann founded Freier Deutscher Buchverlag, later renamed Editorial Cosmopolita, in Buenos Aires in 1940.
Friedmann's main goal was to publish contemporary, mostly non-political, German-language literature and work by exile authors. The publishing company approached representatives of Stefan Zweig, at the time the most well-known German writer in South America, but Zweig refused to grant publishing rights. Nonetheless, Editorial Cosmopolita became the most prominent exile publishing company in Argentina and published more than twenty books by exile authors during World War II. Most of these authors were lesser known figures, including local émigré authors and young authors.
Friedmann had arrived in Argentina in 1938 after fleeing Germany, where he had been active in the publishing business.
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- Location: Buenos Aires
- Period: 1940-at least 1949
- Publisher(s): James Illy Friedmann (August 19, 1900, Posen - August 29, 1971, Buenos Aires)
- Main Focus: Contemporary German literature
- Author(s): Ernst Alemann, Guenther Ballin, Adolf Bortsendoerfer, Peter Bussemeyer, Doris Dauber, Richard Otto Frankfurter, Alfred Heller, Paul Walter Jacob, Hans Jahn, Karl Kost, Norbert Lebermann, Johan Luzian, Balder Olden, August Siemsen, Carlos Voellmer, Bruno Weil, Paul Zech
- Number of Titles Published: more than 20
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