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1913: The Year Before the Storm


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  • 1913: The Year Before the Storm 
    Title: 1913: The Year Before the Storm
    Illustrator: WHITESIDE SHAUN/SEARLE JAMIE (TRANS)
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/08/2014
    Imprint: CLERKENWELL
    Price: $22.00
    Publishing status: Active

    A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments, 1913 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.

    ISBN: 9781846689611
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