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

by Volker Weidermann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway
£8.99   paperback  Pushkin Press (2017)

Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 by Volker Weidermann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway 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.

ISBN 13: 9781782272977 | ISBN 10: 1782272976