1913: The Year before the Storm (Paperback)
  • 1913: The Year before the Storm (Paperback)

1913: The Year before the Storm (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 12/06/2014
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A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate vision of a world that is about to change forever. The stuffy conventions of the nineteenth century are receding into the past, and 1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a young seamstress called Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin signs his first movie contract; and new drugs like cocaine usher in an age of decadence. Yet everywhere there is the premonition of ruin - the number 13 is omnipresent, and in London, Paris and Vienna, artists take the omen and act as if there were no tomorrow. In a Munich hotel lobby, Rilke and Freud discuss beauty and transience; Proust sets out in search of lost time; and while Stravinsky celebrates the Rite of Spring with industrial cacophony, an Austrian postcard painter by the name of Adolf Hitler sells his conventional cityscapes.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846689611

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“Unique read”

This isn't necessarily a page-turning book, but it is fascinating to read. I feel like I learned a lot.

Hardback edition
3rd December 2013
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“Unexpectedly interesting and even fun in places”

When I received this book in the post I was expecting a social history of Europe in the year before the outbreak of the first World War. What I got instead was a series of small snapshots of the professional and... More

Hardback edition
12th September 2013
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“Not my cup of tea”

I didn't really get on with this book, I just found it too bitty, without flow and I got a bit bored with it. I tried to finish it but it had me nodding off!

Hardback edition
15th January 2014
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