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1913 - Florian Illies

1913 by Florian Illies is a witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments and 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.

Book Title: 

1913

Subtitle: 

The year before the storm

Author: 

Illies, Florian

Translator: 

Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle

Publisher: 

Clerkenwell Press

Edition: 

First

Year Published: 

2014

Binding: 

Soft cover

ISBN: 

9781846689611

Pages: 

270

Condition: 

Remaindered, fine

Dimensions: 

19.8 × 12.8 × 2 cm

Book Weight: 

0.446 kg

Publisher's Price: 

R265.00

Price: 

ZAR 110.00

In Stock: 

3
Front cover of 1913 by Florian Illies
Back cover of 1913 by Florian Illies