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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 through 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 a global that's approximately to alter perpetually. The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the prior, and 1913 heralds a brand new age of limitless risk. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a tender seamstress known as Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin indicators his first motion picture agreement; and new medications like cocaine bring in an age of decadence. but all over 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 following day, their short coincidences of lifestyles telling of a darker destiny. In a Munich resort foyer, Rilke and Freud talk 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 through the identify of Adolf Hitler sells his traditional cityscapes. instructed 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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