1913: The Year Before the Storm

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Author: Florian Illies
Publisher: Clerkenwell Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 1846689619
ISBN-13: 9781846689611
Condition: Very Good. Light wear to cover edges, else a very good copy.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 270
Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

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.

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