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
friend Roth Written in a dispassionate journalistic style 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 This is a short but very interesting reconstruction of the meeting of several x 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 Cabaret: A Roman Riddle echoes 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 Europemigres 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 of 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 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 s uickly distracted by another writer Irmgard Keun Life is short so they will move to the 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 onReader Peter FirthProducer Duncan Minshullhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb06ybg7kEven if the city of Ostend have suffered a major destruction during World War II it remains as a charming Belgian coasted city A flowing narration of the brief lives of two Austrian Jewish authors and their last flash before darkness descended upon EuropeI think people
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Should Read The Past We Want Comfortable read the past We want comfortable 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 All Roads Lead Home even happening in certain riot wrecked cities in the USDo we hope for a higherxistence Or do we commit suicide like Zweig and Roth through drink This life is short regardless of how history transpires I will live the time appointed to me and then ternity Revelation 214. Selves trapped on vacation in xile watching the world burn In Ostend Volker Weidermann lyrically recounts the summer before the dark when a group of found themselves in limbo while Europe teetered on the dge of fascism and total war.
Volker Weidermann ´ 0 reviewThis very interesting short book tells the story of a group of migr writers meeting in the Belgian beach resort of Ostend in 1936 It starts with Zweig recalling his stay in Ostend in 1914 before WWI when he was young and unknown 22 years later he is successful but finds himself in the same state of xile and nostalgia for his home Now in 1936 many writers are gathered awaiting news of war fearing the worst I found it fascinating to have a first hand account of these migres and their personalities And I Could Feel I could feel 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 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 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
exile For many authors who fled the Nazis their home had disappeared long before theFor many authors who fled the Nazis their home had disappeared long before the started they saw the spiritual destruction the moral decline and the rise of barbarity as the nd 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 their Just Cause exile just this week German President Steinmeier re opened Mann s home in Los Angeles which was an important meeting place forxiled writers and shall now become a meeting ground again In his book Weidermann tells the story of xiled 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
Joseph Roth but also features many other important writers like Irmgard Keun 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 Weider. 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 home in Austria has been seized He's been dreaming of Ostend the Belgian beach town So he jou. Mann 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 verything 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 the nd of course verthing will be lost Ostend was almost completely destroyed during the war Zweig killed himself in Brazil Roth died of his alcoholism in Paris Toller killed himself in Newand Joseph Roth but also features many other important writers like Irmgard Keun
"york koestler killed "Koestler killed 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 a 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 Ireason alone I 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 Zweig and Roth the 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. Rneys there with his new lover Lotte Altmann and reunites with his semi stranged fellow writer and close friend Joseph Roth For a moment they create a fragile paradise But as Europe begins to crumble around them the writers find them.