Love in a Time of Hate: Art and Passion in the Shadow of War (Hardcover)

Love in a Time of Hate: Art and Passion in the Shadow of War By Florian Illies, Simon Pare (Translated by) Cover Image
By Florian Illies, Simon Pare (Translated by)
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An ingeniously orchestrated popular history brings to life the most pivotal decade of the twentieth century

As the Roaring Twenties wind down, Jean-Paul Sartre waits in a Paris café for a first date with Simone de Beauvoir, who never shows. Marlene Dietrich slips away from a loveless marriage to cruise the dive bars of Berlin. The fledgling writer Vladimir Nabokov places a freshly netted butterfly at the end of his wife’s bed. Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Zelda and Scott, Dalí and Gala, Picasso and his many muses, Henry and June and Anaïs Nin, the entire extended family of Thomas Mann, and a host of other fascinating and famous figures make art and love, write and row, bed and wed and betray. They do not yet know that they, along with millions of others, will soon be forced to contemplate flight—or fight—as the world careens from one global conflict to the next.

About the Author

Florian Illies is a writer, editor, and art historian and the author of five international bestsellers, including 1913: The Year before the Storm. He lives in Berlin.

Simon Pare is a translator from French and German who lives near Zurich. His translation of The Flying Mountain by Christoph Ransmayr made the Man Booker International Prize longlist in 2018, and he was part of the team that translated The Panama Papers into English.

Praise For…

Praise for Love in a Time of Hate:

“Florian Illies has pieced together the emotional history of a doomed generation. … Wickedly amusing until the Nazis first reprove the libertines and then set about exterminating them … which gives [this] book a disturbing relevance.” The Guardian

Love in a Time of Hate invites us to consider that history is as much an accretion of small gestures as it is a catalogue of battles and speeches. At once intimate and epic, this dazzling book illuminates the human desire to seek connection and coherence as the world descends into chaos. A brilliant and imaginative tour de force.” ―Rebecca Donner, author of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

“This is candid, unsparing and gripping social history. A bravura performance.”  ―Harald Jähner, author of Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich

“Set against the relentless rise of Nazi terror, this ingenious narrative evokes the 1930s through the loves, foibles, and tragedies of the cultural elite. Strikingly original, utterly absorbing.” Julia Boyd, author of Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism 1919-1945

Praise for 1913: The Year before the Storm:

“Utterly delicious … a sexy, comic and occasionally heartbreaking soap opera.”—The Washington Post

“Illies is as astute a researcher as he is an observer of the zeitgeistGuardian

“A vivid, richly textured book that chronicles a world crackling with talent, energy and foreboding.”— Financial Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593713938
ISBN-10: 0593713931
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English