Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark

eBook - 2016 | First American edition
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"The true story of two of the twentieth century's great writers exiled from Nazi Germany to a Belgian seaside resort, and the world they built there: written with a novelist's eye for pacing, chronology, and language--a dazzling work of historical nonfiction. It's the summer of 1936, and the writer Stefan Zweig is in crisis. His German publisher no longer wants him, his marriage is collapsing, and his home in Austria has been seized. Hes been dreaming of Ostend, the Belgian beach town--a paradise of promenades, parasols, and old friends. So he journeys there with his new lover, Lotte Altmann, and reunites with his semi-estranged fellow writer and close friend Joseph Roth, himself newly in love. For a moment, they create a fragile paradise. But as Europe begins to crumble around them, the writers find themselves trapped on vacation, in exile, watching the world burn. In Ostend, Volker Weidermann lyrically recounts "the summer before the dark," when a coterie of artists, intellectuals, drunks, revolutionaries, and madmen found themselves in limbo while Europe teetered on the edge of fascism and total war"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, [2016]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 1101870273 (electronic bk.)
9781101870273 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 838.91209 WEI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (163 pages) : illustration
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown - Translator


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Jun 24, 2017

While this book evokes the atmosphere of German exiles in Ostend in the summer of 1936, it seems to simply skim the surface.

ser_library Jun 25, 2016

evokes the era and the people; excellent psychological study;
beautiful prose--the translation is excellent


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