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Volker Weidermann

Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936

€12,95

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week It's as if they're made for each other. Two men, both falling, but holding each other up for a time. Ostend, 1936: the Belgian seaside town is playing host to a coterie of artists, intellectuals and madmen, who find themselves in limbo while Europe gazes into an abyss of fascism and war.

Among them is Stefan Zweig, a man in crisis: his German publisher has shunned him, his marriage is collapsing, his house in Austria no longer feels like home. Along with his lover Lotte, he seeks refuge in this paradise of promenades and parasols, where he reunites with his estranged friend Joseph Roth. For a moment, they create a fragile haven; but as Europe begins to crumble around them, they find themselves trapped on an uncanny kind of holiday, watching the world burn.

Format: Paperback
Published: in UK in 2017
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Pages: 176
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781782272977
ISBN 10: 1782272976

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Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936

€12,95