1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle

By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle

Translated from the German by way of Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle.

A witty but relocating narrative labored up from sketched documentary strains and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural portrait of an international that's approximately to alter ceaselessly. The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the previous, and 1913 heralds a brand new age of limitless threat. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a tender seamstress referred to as Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin indicators his first motion picture agreement; and new medicines like cocaine bring in an age of decadence. but in all places there's the premonition of damage - the quantity thirteen is omnipresent, and in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists take the omen and act as though there have been no the next day, their short coincidences of lifestyles telling of a darker destiny. In a Munich resort foyer, Rilke and Freud speak about good looks and transience; Proust units out looking for misplaced time; and whereas Stravinsky celebrates the ceremony of Spring with business cacophony, in Munich an Austrian postcard painter by means of the identify of Adolf Hitler sells his traditional cityscapes. advised with Illies's attribute mix of poignant evocation and laconic irony, 1913 is the tale of the 12 months that formed the final century.

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She was already tense, or she would have stiffened. " Julia asked simply. Francesca hesitated. "Mama, if someone is in trouble—or danger—how can I turn my back on him or her? How? " "And that is the real problem," Julia said with a sigh. "Your passionate, compassionate nature. Compassion is a wonderful thing. So is charity. We give thousands of dollars every year to dozens of different causes. You know that. We are compassionate people. But your version of charity is to help some desperately troubled man or woman with your own two hands.

Lucy, Francesca has a burned hand. " He spoke quite calmly. " "And to think I was under the impression that she was to remain in bed," Hart murmured. Francesca flushed, even though his meaning had to have been innocent. "I am merely walking her to the roadster," Lucy said demurely. " Bragg capitulated. "Fine. " She shook her head. " His smile was an affectionate one. "Mind your manners," he repeated. She groaned and rolled her eyes. Francesca turned toward his parents. " Then she glanced at Hart.

Where is everyone? " Francesca asked quickly, speaking in a very low tone as she handed him her hat, gloves, and coat. He had not batted an eye earlier when she had left, her manner rather furtive. However, she had been gone most of the afternoon. Francesca felt that she was doomed. His eyes wide and serious, he said, "There has been a bit of a fuss. I do believe Mrs. " Francesca moaned. He managed to keep a very straight face, although his blue eyes were fascinated. There would be no avoiding her mother now.

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