Quicksands : A Memoir, Paperback

Quicksands : A Memoir Paperback

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Beginning in 1956 with the publication of "A Legacy", Sybille Bedford has narrated in fiction and non-fiction what has been by turns her sensuous, harrowing, and altogether remarkable life.

In this magnificent memoir, she moves from Berlin during the Great War to the artists' set on the Cote d'Azur of the 1920s, through lovers, mentors, seducers and friends, and from genteel yet shabby poverty to relative comfort in London's Chelsea.

Whether evoking the simple sumptuousness of a home-cooked meal or tracing the heart-rending outline of an intimate betrayal, she offers spellbinding reflections on how history imprints itself on private lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780140279764



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While slightly disjointed at times, this is a fascinating memoir. Bedford's portrait of France's expat literary world in the buildup to WWII was the most interesting part of the book for me, but I found her discussion of her development as a writer quite interesting as well.

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