(KINDLE) [Ostende 1936 Sommer der Freundschaft] author Volker Weidermann
A flowing narration of the brief lives of two
Jewish authors their last flash before darkness descended upon EuropeI think people should read the past We want comfortable successful lives We just want to live in peace But things forces other people have different agendas Their lust for power makes them indifferent to the suffering and destruction they incurThis happened and is still happening in Europe it is happening in Asian and African countries and it s even happening in certain riot wrecked cities in the USDo we hope for a higher existence Or Do We Commit do we commit like Zweig and Roth through drink This life is short regardless of how history transpires I will live the time appointed to me and then eternity Revelation 214 From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekVolker Weidermann s account of the charming resort of Ostend and in 1936 it s a haven for Middle Europe emigres Abridged in five episodes by Katrin WilliamsStefan Zweig strolls the seafront visits a cafe and waits for his friend Joseph Roth to arrive Also in town are other writers wives and mistresses as storm clouds gather over the rest of Europe25 Joseph Roth will be meeting Stefan Zweigaustrian jewish authors
here But first some background into their need to escape Austria and its encroaching dangers35 Joseph Roth is off the trainBut first some background into their need to escape Austria and its encroaching dangers35 Joseph Roth is off the train Ostend about to meet Stefan Zweig for the hotels and bistro life But his head will soon be turned by another writer who s newly arrived herself45 Jose. It’s the summer of 1936 and the writer Stefan Zweig is in crisis His German publisher no longer wants him his marriage is collapsing and his house in Austria searched by the police two years earlier no longer feels like home He’s been dreaming of Ostend the Belgian beach town that is a paradise of promenades parasols and old friends So he journeys there with his lover Lotte. Truculent Joseph Roth Zweig was in Ostend when the Great War unfolded and recalled his excitement at the thought of such world changing events However that initial exuberant thrill had eventually changed and now with another conflict looming the author feels deep unease With all of those assembled struggling not least financially with many having books burned and banned the group are refugees in vacationland They talk and plot and plan but remain exiles powerless and in retreat Even those like Zweig who have managed to maintain some literary presence
in Germany are looked at askance by the others Roth in particularGermany are looked at askance by the others Roth in particular it as a ind of betrayal and congratulating the author when he is finally bannedThis is not only an interesting portrait of a historical and literary period but of the sometimes difficult relationship between Zweig and Roth Roth was from Eastern Europe and to the assimilated Western Zweig those from the East were seen as embarrassing relatives Roth who looked up to Zweig and relied
him for help and grudgingly accepted his concern but was unable to curb his drinking Both men had lovers that summer Zweig accompanied by his secretary Lotte Altmann while Roth embarked on a relationship with author Irmgard Keun However hanging over them all is the thought of what will happen when the summer ends This is a thought provoking and interesting read set around the dark days before war descended over Europe. Of artists intellectuals drunks revolutionaries and madmen found themselves in limbo while Europe teetered on the edge of fascism and total war Ostend is the true story of two of the twentieth century’s great writers written with a novelist’s eye for pacing chronology and language a dazzling work of historical nonfiction Translated from the German by Carol Brown Janewa.upon him for
Download Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free » Volker WeidermannPh Roth is in Ostend to meet his old friend Stafan Zweig But he s uickly DISTRACTED BY ANOTHER WRITER IRMGARD KEUN by another writer Irmgard Keun is short so they will move to the Hotel Couronne together55 Swimming promenading drinkingThe pleasures of Ostend linger in the face of storm clouds gathering over Europe but even seasoned vacationers now they have to move onReader Peter FirthProducer Duncan Minshullhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb06ybg7kEven if the city of Ostend have suffered a major destruction during World War II it remains as a charming Belgian coasted city This is a short but very interesting reconstruction of the meeting of several ex patriots from the Nazi regimes in
EUROPE IN THE LATE 1930S ANDin the late 1930s and life in Ostend Belgium The relationship between the well nown author Stefan Zweig with his less well nown and hardcore alcoholic friend Joseph Roth is touching one if somewhat inconclusive The mood of the book is brooding and one feels the 20 degree temperature drop in these castaways as the shadow of the Nazis draws and of Europe into the dark An important book about a period that has echoes for today but does not provide any set answers and only a glimmer of hope Written in a dispassionate journalistic style this novella length book tells the story of a group of migr writers meeting in the genteel resort of Ostend in 1936 The book revolves around the friendship of the urbane wealthy and successful Stefan Zweig and the garrulous alcoholic and. Altmann and reunites with fellow writer and semi estranged close friend Joseph Roth who is himself about to fall in love For a moment they create a fragile haven But as Europe begins to crumble around them the writers find themselves trapped on vacation in exile watching the world burn In Ostend Volker Weidermann lyrically recounts “the summer before the dark” when a coterie. .