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 house in Austria—searched by the police two years earlier—no longer
feels like home. He’s been dreaming of Ostend, the Belgian beach town
that is a paradise of promenades, parasols, and old friends. So he
journeys there with his lover, Lotte Altmann, and reunites with fellow
writer and semi-estranged close friend Joseph Roth, who is himself about
to fall in love. For a moment, they create a fragile haven. 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.
Ostend is the true story of two
of the twentieth century’s great writers, written with a novelist’s eye
for pacing, chronology, and language—a dazzling work of historical
Boken är inbunden. 164 sidor.
Boktitel: Ostend. Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark (Originaltitel: Ostende: 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft) Författare: Volker Weidermann Översättning, från tyska: Carol Brown Janeway
Volker Weidermann, born in Darmstadt in 1969, studied politics
and German studies in Heidelberg and Berlin. He began his career as a
culture journalist before serving as literary director and editor of the
Sunday edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is currently a writer and editor covering literature for Der Spiegel. Weidermann received the Kurt Tucholsky Prize for Literary Journalism for Buch der verbrannten Bücher (The Book of Burned Books) and is the author of several works of literary history and critical biography.