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

(author), (translator), (translator)
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Paperback 288 Pages / 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
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 243 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
The best possible holiday read * Irish Times *
A hugely enjoyable idiosyncratic month by month narrative, in which the frenzy of artistic activity in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Trieste is conveyed with vigour and humour * Daily Telegraph *
A vivid, richly textured book that chronicles a world crackling with talent, energy and foreboding * FT *
A brilliant game of original quotations and tracings * Der Spiegel *
Illies shapes his material not as a scholar, but as a wordsmith, as a story-teller with a strong sense for dramatic effect and composition...the most enjoyable book I've read in years * Die Welt *
Illies makes the hundred years between 1913 and his readers disappear. A beautiful book. * Suddeutsche Zeitung *
Illies is as astute a researcher as he is an observer of the zeitgeist ... reads like something out of a magic realist novel. -- Philip Oltermann * Guardian *
I couldn't stop reading - Illies' stories are simply magnificent -- Ferdinand von Schirach
Thorough and fascinating * Time Out *
An absolute gem of a book. His snapshot approach to the year, recorded month by month, is the most original historical account I've come across ... Illies's genius turn of phrase, beautifully retained by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle's elegant translation, can be found throughout ... The entries read like history's footnotes, but as anyone who's read Freud knows, the footnotes always tell the best story. -- Lucy Scholes * Observer *

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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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