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1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies

1913: The Year Before the Storm

by Florian Illies

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
9 Hrs. 36 Min.


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.

1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility: Kafka falls in love, Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet, Coco Chanel opens her first boutique and Charlie Chaplin signs his first movie contract. Yet everywhere there is the premonition of ruin, and in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists heed the omen and act as if there were no tomorrow.

Rilke and Freud discuss beauty and transience; Proust sets out in search of lost time, Stravinsky celebrates the Rite of Spring with industrial cacophony, and in Munich an Austrian postcard painter named Adolf Hitler sells his conventional cityscapes.

Told with poignant evocation and laconic irony, 1913 is the story of the year that shaped the last century.

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