1913: The Year before the Storm

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1913: The Year before the Storm

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Publisher :   Profile Books Ltd
Published :   12/06/2014
ISBN :   9781846689611
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   270
Size (mm) :   200x130x20
Weight (g) :   244

The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the past, and 1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a young seamstress called Coco Chanel opens her first boutique;... Read more
The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the past, and 1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a young seamstress called Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; and new drugs like cocaine usher in an age of decadence. Yet everywhere there is the premonition of ruin - the number 13 is omnipresent, and in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists take the omen and act as if there were no tomorrow, their brief coincidences of existence telling of a darker future. This is the story of the year that shaped the last century.