By Florian Illies
“An absolute gem of a book.” —The Observer
Just sooner than one in every of its darkest moments got here the 20 th century’s most fun yr . . .
It was once the 12 months Henry Ford first positioned a conveyer belt in his automobile manufacturing facility, and the yr Louis Armstrong first picked up a trumpet. It was once the yr Charlie Chaplin signed his first motion picture agreement, and Coco Chanel and Prada opened their first gown outlets. It used to be the 12 months Proust begun his opus, Stravinsky wrote The ceremony of Spring, and the 1st Armory exhibit in big apple brought the realm to Picasso and the realm of summary paintings. It was once the 12 months the leisure drug referred to now as ecstasy used to be invented.
It used to be 1913, the 12 months sooner than the realm plunged into the catastrophic darkness of worldwide battle I.
In a witty but relocating narrative that progresses month by way of month in the course of the yr, and is interspersed with a number of images and documentary artifacts (such as Kafka’s love letters), Florian Illies ignores the conventions of the stodgy tome so universal in “one yr” histories. Forefronting cultural concerns up to politics, he promises a captivating and riveting story of an international choked with desire and limitless probability, peopled with striking characters and radical politics, bristling with new paintings and new expertise . . . whilst ominous typhoon clouds started to gather.
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1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies