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1913: The Year before the Storm [Format Kindle]

Florian Illies , Shaun Whiteside , Jamie Searle
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Praise for 1913

"A fascinating new structure of writing... With exceptional wit and understanding, Illies shows the societal and cultural changes propelling man toward modern art, new thought processes and war."
Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"An utterly delicious treat or an ideal present for anyone even mildly interested in 20th-century art, music and literature....a sexy, comic and occasionally heartbreaking soap opera.... an irresistible book, excellently translated and packed with factoids and surprising encounters."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post 

"Illies’s stylish evocation of 1913 is thrilling entertainment for those who have heard it all before but wish to experience—one more time, perhaps—the bleary-eyed ecstasy that is the result of staying up all night reading a book in one sitting."
The Weekly Standard

“The rich range of subjects, the vibrancy of the writing, here translated by Whiteside and Searle, and the intimate details of the biographies all make this a fast-paced and engrossing read… Highly recommended.”
Library Journal,
STARRED REVIEW

“Already an international bestseller, German author Florian Illies’s 1913: The Year Before the Storm is 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’ 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, The Observer
 
“An entertaining and illuminating study.” —Shirley Whiteside, The Independent
 
“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.” —Juliet Nicolson, The Daily Telegraph

“A vivid, richly textured book that chronicles a world crackling with talent, energy and foreboding. The pace and scale of activity is at times breathtaking . . . Illies’ talent is to weave all this together in a way that keeps the reader with him.” —The Financial Times

“This highly entertaining month-by-month account of 1913 . . . is rich in detail, humour and vivid pen portraits . . . 1913 is the best possible holiday read—or gift—as it is so enjoyable, yet the breadth of information and astute insight will prevent one feeling guilty of indulgence.” —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

“Illies is as astute a researcher as he is an observer of the zeitgeist . . . Reads like something out of a magic realist novel.”The Guardian

“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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 277 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1846689511
  • Editeur : Clerkenwell Press (18 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Moyen 25 décembre 2013
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Doté d'un titre presque identique à celui du livre de Charles Emmerson, l'ouvrage de Florian Illies est d'un intérêt moindre. D'abord parce qu'il est très "germano-centré" (le livre est écrit à l'origine en allemand), là où le terrain de jeu d'Emmerson est le monde. Ensuite parce qu'il se concentre essentiellement sur les faits et gestes de quelques artistes ou personnalités, certes d'envergure (Kafka, Kirchner, Thomas Mann, Freud et une floppée de peintres avant-gardistes), mais dont la vie privée et les détails du parcours artistique ne sont pas toujours d'un intérêt immense, sauf éventuellement aux spécialistes. Enfin parce que la logique chronologique adoptée par l'auteur ne permet pas de donner une image d'ensemble de l'esprit d'une époque - on a davantage affaire à une série de parcours individuels pas forcément représentatifs.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 An entertainment (for some), not a serious work of history 7 février 2014
Par Henry Cohen - Publié sur 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 étoiles sur 5 Intimate History 12 novembre 2013
Par Agnes Mura - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Didn't Check Historical Facts 4 juin 2014
Par blueheron - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent collection 28 septembre 2013
Par ChristophFischerBooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exciting bits of history told by a gifted storyteller 30 novembre 2013
Par Monika - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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