Summer Before the Dark : Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936, Hardback Book

Summer Before the Dark : Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 Hardback


'Absolutely exquisite . . . a contemporary classic' Dave Eggers'Death in Venice with more sex, more booze, more action.' FTBBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekOstend, 1936: the Belgian seaside town is playing host to a coterie of artists, intellectuals and madmen, who find themselves in limbo while Europe gazes into an abyss of fascism and war. Among them is Stefan Zweig, a man in crisis: his German publisher has shunned him, his marriage is collapsing, his house in Austria no longer feels like home.

Along with his lover Lotte, he seeks refuge in this paradise of promenades and parasols, where he reunites with his estranged friend Joseph Roth.

For a moment, they create a fragile haven; but as Europe begins to crumble around them, they find themselves trapped on an uncanny kind of holiday, watching the world burn.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781782272038

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