Ostende 1936 Sommer der Freundschaft (NEW)
Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, eD truculent Joseph Roth Zweig was in Ostend when the Great War unfolded and recalled hisxcitement at the thought of such world changing vents However that initial xuberant thrill had ventually 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 xiles 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 particular seeing as a kind of betrayal
And Congratulating The Author When He Finally BannedThis Is congratulating the author when he is finally bannedThis is 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 mbarrassing relatives Roth who looked up to Zweig and relied upon him for financial 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 mbarked on a relationship with author Irmgard Keun However hanging over them all is the thought of what will happen when the summer The Deepest Sin ends This is a thought provoking and interesting read set around the dark days before war descended over Europe This is a short but very interesting reconstruction of the meeting of severalx patriots from the Nazi regimes in Europe in the late 1930s and their life in Ostend Belgium The relationship between the well known author Stefan Zweig with his less well known 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 choes for today but does not provide any set answers and only a glimmer of hope 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 migres Abridged in five pisodes 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 "arrive Also in town are other writers wives and mistresses as storm clouds gather over the rest Europe25 Joseph Roth will be meeting Stefan Zweig here But first some background into their need to scape Austria and its ncroaching dangers35 Joseph Roth is off the train at 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 arriv A flowing narration of the brief lives of two Austrian Jewish authors and 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 ven happening in certai. Of artists intellectuals drunks revolutionaries and madmen found themselves in limbo while Europe teetered on the dge of fascism and total war Ostend is the true story of two of the twentieth century’s great writers written with a novelist’s ye for pacing chronology and language a dazzling work of historical nonfiction Translated from the German by Carol Brown Janewa. .
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INTERESTING SHORT BOOK TELLS THE STORYshort book tells the story a group of migr writers meeting in the Belgian beach resort of Ostend in 1936 It starts wi BOTWhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb06ybg7kDescription Volker Weidermann s account of the charming resort of Ostend and in 1936 it s a haven for Middle Europe migres Reader Peter Firth Producer Duncan Minshull Episode 1 Stefan 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 Zweig here But first some background into their need "To Escape Austria And Its Encroaching Dangers35 "escape Austria and its ncroaching dangers35 Roth is off the train at 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 Joseph Roth is in Ostend to meet his old friend Stafan Zweig But he s uickly distracted by another writer Irmgard Keun Life 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 ven seasoned vacationers know they have to move on Very fascinating English Edition Ostend Stefan Zweig Joseph Roth and the Summer Before the DarkHow does it feel if you have to leave your home country and you are forced to watch it disappear from the xile For many authors who fled the Nazis their home had disappeared long before the war started they saw the spiritual destruction the moral decline and the rise of barbarity as the Le valeureux guerrier end of Germany as they knew it Many of them later killed themselves or drank themselves to death because their belief in humanity was shattered because the fact that their native land had aimed to destroy them and they were outcasts wherever they went was too much to bear Some like Thomas Mann started to agitate against Hitler from theirxile just this week German President Steinmeier re opened Mann s home in Los Angeles which was an important meeting place for Snowflakes on the Sea exiled writers and shall now become a meeting ground again In his book Weidermann tells the story ofxiled writers spending a last summer together at the Belgian coast in 1936 before they get scattered all over the world and Europe starts to burn The story centers around the friends Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth but also features many other important writers like Irmgard Keun Egon Erwin Kisch Ernst Toller Arthur Koestler and Hermann Kesten Zweig and Roth both of them Jewish had a very close but also complicated friendship as Roth was a heavy drinker obviously rooted in depression and as much as Zweig wanted to help his friend he could not find a way The genius of the book is how Weidermann shows that although or because the writers sense that the worst is still to come they want to be happy together in the sun at the beach one last time before Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy everything falls apart Weidermann juxtaposes their fascinating personalities the dynamics of friendship and the lightness of Ostend with the rise of fascism and how it impacted the writers situation At thend of course verthing will be lost Ostend was almost completely destroyed during the war Zweig killed himself in Brazil Roth died. 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 arlier 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. .
Of his alcoholism in Paris Toller killed himself in New York Koestler killed himself in London Full disclosure I picked up the book because I love the Belgian coast and because I wanted to learn about the writers the story portrays and although it is written by Weidermann he is one of the hosts of an important TV show "ABOUT LITERATURE IN GERMANY AND I OFTEN FIND HIM "literature in Germany and I often find him little boring tbh But this book is a great I did not xpect this Weidermann shame on me So go and read this book and then drive to Ostend and visit the house of James Ensor This book goes by several titles Summer Before the Dark Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth Ostend 1936 gives a reader the best idea of the book s content The darkness spoken of refers to the coming war Joseph Roth s death in 1939 and Stefan Zweig s in 1942 by suicide It is about the summer they spent together in Ostend Belgium 1936 Zweig s arlier time in Ostend in 1914 before the First Word War and the time after the shared summer are briefly covered Their close relationship is the central focus That summer in 1936 they were two of the Austrian and German migr community gathered in Ostend authors having fled from the fascist threat they saw to be gaining strength in their native lands For some their books had already been banned their means of support threatened and war loomed menacingly Other migr authors mentioned are Otto Katz Willi M nzenberg Arthur Koestler Egon Erwin Kisch Hermann Kesten and Ernst Toller Their writing and political views are covered but rudimentarilyZweig and Roth both had failing marriages Both had mistresses by their side Lotte Altmann Zweig s secretary and mistress and author Irmgard Keun Joseph Roth s lover and sharer of booze Roth had a serious drinking problem it was killing him The book focuses on the two men s writing their friendship and interdependence their political financial and marital woes There are interesting details about the migr authors and the build up to the impending war You get a feel for the threatening atmosphere of the time Just as there were English speaking authors gathered in Paris there were German and Austrian authors gathered in OstendWhat is written here is interesting but it reads as an ssay than a full book It is for this reason alone I give it no than three stars I like it but it is short It gives only a glimpse Basically you are looking only at the migr community and the relationship between
and Roth summer of 1936 in OstendThe audiobook I listened to is clearly read by Dennis Kleinman Four stars for the narration What moved me most about this book was the sense it conveyed of European civilization hurtling towards its doom as xemplified in the fates of the xiled writers Stefan Zweig Joseph Roth and Irmgard Keun as they try to resurrect happier times at Ostend in the summer of 1936 Roth and Keun spiral deeper into alcoholic self destruction while Zweig can no save himself from self destruction than he can save his friend Roth 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 an. Altmann and reunites with fellow writer and semi stranged 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 xile watching the world burn In Ostend Volker Weidermann lyrically recounts “the summer before the dark” when a coterie.zweig and roth