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1913: The Year before the Storm [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Florian Illies
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18. Juli 2013
A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched documentary traces and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural portrait 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, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists take the omen and act as if there were no tomorrow, their brief coincidences of existence telling of a darker future. 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, in Munich an Austrian postcard painter by the name of Adolf Hitler sells his conventional cityscapes. Told with Illies's characteristic mixture of poignant evocation and laconic irony, 1913 is the story of the year that shaped the last century.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 270 Seiten
  • Verlag: The Clerkenwell Press (18. Juli 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1846689511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846689512
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 13,6 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 51.354 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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The best possible holiday read Irish Times A hugely enjoyable idiosyncratic month by month narrative, in which the frenzy of artistic activity in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Trieste is conveyed with vigour and humour Daily Telegraph A vivid, richly textured book that chronicles a world crackling with talent, energy and foreboding FT A brilliant game of original quotations and tracings Der Spiegel Illies shapes his material not as a scholar, but as a wordsmith, as a story-teller with a strong sense for dramatic effect and composition...the most enjoyable book I've read in years Die Welt Illies makes the hundred years between 1913 and his readers disappear. A beautiful book. Suddeutsche Zeitung Illies is as astute a researcher as he is an observer of the zeitgeist ... reads like something out of a magic realist novel. -- Philip Oltermann Guardian I couldn't stop reading - Illies' stories are simply magnificent -- Ferdinand von Schirach Thorough and fascinating Time Out An absolute gem of a book. His snapshot approach to the year, recorded month by month, is the most original historical account I've come across ... Illies's genius turn of phrase, beautifully retained by Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle's elegant translation, can be found throughout ... The entries read like history's footnotes, but as anyone who's read Freud knows, the footnotes always tell the best story. -- Lucy Scholes Observer A fascinating book of brief reports -- Michael Prodger New Statesman A triumph ... history that reads like memoir. It achieves what so few histories manage in giving the reader a genuine feeling for the era ... Illies uses the facts skilfully to weave a captivating narrative. -- Simon Round Jewish Chronicle There is a wry humour in many of Illies's entries ... an entertaining and illuminating study of a particular moment in time. -- Shirley Whiteside Independent on Sunday A compelling tour through a portentous year ... a sleek translation -- James Walsh Morning Star Florian Illies gives a rationality, a sense of purpose to the seemingly random. -- Lesley McDowell Sunday Herald Brilliantly sardonic ... imagined on similar lines to Tom Stoppard's Travesties -- Richard Osborne The Oldie It's an utterly delicious treat or an ideal present for anyone even mildly interested in 20th-century art, music and literature ... Florian Illies presents modernism's birth as a sexy, comic and occasionally heartbreaking soap opera ... irresistible. -- Michael Dirda Washington Post a riveting chronicle of a crucial year -- Philip French Observer One of the most intriguing, and original, history books of the year ... Illies's approach turns history into a giant jigsaw with the pieces moving blindly and ominously into place. -- John Preston Daily Mail Books of the Year: History as a human comedy is seldom as wittily handled as in this clever satire based on fact, folly, a host of famous names and the comment that became a mantra as Europe staggered ever closer to war -- Eileen Battersby Irish Independent Stuffed with fascinating detail -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett Times

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Florian Illies was born in 1971. He has worked as literary editor for major German newspapers and magazines, and co-founded art magazine Monopol. His previous four books have sold over one million copies.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen In-Group gibt die Denkrichtung an 1. November 2013
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Wie klein die tonangebende Inovativgruppe ist, die das Weltgeschehen kulturhistorisch beeinflusst, wie chaotisch und verrückt man sein kann und trotzdem wahnsinnigen Einfluss hat - das wurde mir beim Lesen dieses flüssig und spannend geschriebenen Buches klarer.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gossip 4. Juni 2014
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Quite a contrast to the many other books appearing on the centenary of WW I (Clark, Tuchmann etc.). A very subjective line up of gossip, some quaint, some witty, much of it trivial from the year prior to the war. A fascinating approach to an interesting topic but very much biased to the visual arts. Obviously a field the author feels at home in. The first fifty pages are an amusing read, Somewhat redundant later on. Nice present for someone not particularly interested in history.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An entertainment (for some), not a serious work of history 7. Februar 2014
Von Henry Cohen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is divided into the 12 months of 1913, and each month has dozens of sections, each section ranging from one sentence to a few pages in length. The sections jump back and forth from one historical figure to another. Although I found some of the book's anecdotes interesting or amusing, I found the book overall highly tedious, to the point that toward the end I started skimming. Given that 13 of the 20 reviewers who preceded me gave the book five stars, most of them obviously felt differently. Whether you like this style of writing is simply a matter of taste.

But this book is not a serious work of history. It is an entertainment (for those who find this sort of thing entertaining). It has no footnotes, endnotes, or index. It also has much that seems semi-fictionalized. I don't mean that its basic facts about historical figures are fictionalized; rather, I refer to sentences such as (referring to the 24-year-old Hitler), "A heavy black strand of hair keeps falling into his face, so he flings it back into place with a frantic jerk of his head." Or, "Rilke sits in Paris, thinking distractedly about summer and autumn in Germany." Or, "Franz Kafka is sitting in his hotel room, gloomy weather outside, he kneads his hands, stares at the door in the hope that a messenger may come, and stares out of the window in the hope that an angel might."

I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the sentences I just quoted. Again, it's a matter of taste. I just want potential readers to know what sort of book this is.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intimate History 12. November 2013
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Rarely is a book about a historical era so pleasurable; rarely does it give you the sense of immediacy and intimacy I found in "1913." It humanizes the greatest modernist artists and creative spirits of the early 20th century and highlights their personal relationships with a day-to-day feel that is involving and seductive. Readers feels like they are looking over Kafka's shoulder or having coffee with the Montmartre artists of the day. Unlike any other work, it's in a genre of its own. Irony, humor, compassion, perspective, and a great sense of drama propel it forward. An irresistible read, as light as it is powerful, especially for those familiar with the art of the times and its impact on the following century.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent collection 28. September 2013
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"1913: The Year Before the Storm" by Florian Illies is an excellent collection of archival material, anecdotes, brief news items and interesting stories about the twelve months of 1913 and the small and bigger events and happenings that made up the year for people who lived it.
With a big emphasis on literature and art it offers us glimpses of the lives of Kafka, Rilke, the Mann Brothers, Camille Claudel, Freud, Stalin, Hitler and some Royalty. Wars, love letters, political developments, art thefts and many more mosaic pieces of 1913 are cleverly put together in twelve neat chapters.
I personally might have included more political and military items for my own gratification but I cannot fault Illies for his choices and the great result that is this charming, thoughtful and enjoyable book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't Check Historical Facts 4. Juni 2014
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I was disappointed in this book, in fact I didn't finish it when I came upon this paragraph concerning Stalin in Vienna:

"Never again will he leave Russia for such a long time; his next foreign trip of any length will be thirty years later, to Tehran, where he will take part in discussions with Churchill and Roosevelt (in 1913 the former was First Lord of the British Admiralty, the latter a senator in Washington, campaigning against the stripping of the American forests)."

Franklin Roosevelt was never a senator, in fact he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920. It's possible the author is confusing FDR with his cousin Theodore, who was a conservationist but never a senator. They were both governors of New York and presidents of the US. Sloppy editing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting bits of history told by a gifted storyteller 30. November 2013
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1913 is a nonfiction history book that I didn't expect to be so spectacular! Classical music concerts inciting pandemonium and near-riots. Mervyn O'Gorman's incredible autochrome photographs (no photos in the book, just enticing descriptions which made me look them up - take a look and remember, these were taken in 1913!?!). There was even a little bit of mystery, as we wonder from month to month, where is the Mona Lisa?

I loved Florian Illies's slightly mischievous sense of humor and gift of storytelling, which reminded me of the late Paul Harvey's style of sharing the news.

"We can't forget Kafka, or his bride! So how did Felice Bauer react to the most preposterous marriage proposal of all time?"

"So: worries about worries in Augsburg. Was anyone in a good mood in May 1913? Plainly not."

I also found that some ideas and actions aren't quite as modern as I might consider them to be: men walking around with their trousers hanging low (painter Oskar Kokoschka), worries that technology will destroy nature, and more seriously, school shootings.

1913 does put a heavy focus on figures and events in European nations, especially France and Germany. But the abundant cast and their fascinating stories kept me clicking over to Google to research more. That made for a slightly slower read, but I was enthralled from beginning to end. This is exactly the kind of non-fiction read that keeps readers engaged and brings history to life! Loved it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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