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Hotel Splendide by Ludwig Bemelmans
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Hotel Splendide by Ludwig Bemelmans
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Nov 29, 2022 | ISBN 9781782277910

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“An uproarious account of his life as a waiter at the thinly disguised Ritz-Carlton in the 1920s . . . He is a canny observer with a wry sense of humor, an innocent bystander who simply looks on. He’s like P.G. Wodehouse, with a touch of the Marx Brothers. . . . a delight from beginning to end.”
The Wall Street Journal

Hotel Splendide, Bemelmans’s 1941, out-of-print memoir, which is being reissued by Pushkin Press this month, is a delightful passport to a long-lost era
–Air Mail

“The original bad boy of the New York restaurant/hotel underbelly. Bemelmans is always funny, insightful and dead on target.”
–Anthony Bourdain

“Freshness and vitality…wit, humor, pathos, and the inimitable Bemelmans’ touch.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“The kitchen memoir to end them all.”
–Slightly Foxed

“A seemingly light-hearted yet deceptively dark memoir of [Bemelmans’] time working in a luxury hotel in 1920s New York. A gently flowing, delightfully gossipy read, I could easily picture the entirety shot in black-and-white vignettes, Woody Allen style.”
–Irish Times

“A charming memoir.”

“Immensely fun and an absolutely charming book… a beautiful classic” 
–WAMC North East Public Radio Book Picks.

Table Of Contents

1.    The Animal Waiter                               7
2.    Art at the Hotel Splendide                 14
3.    The   Lost Mandolin                              23
4.   Easy Money                                        35
5.    Kalakobe                                              43
6.    A Night in Granada                             51
7.    The Hispano                                        56
8.    The Homesick Bus Boy                       62
9.    The New Suit                                        70
10.    The Ballet Visits the Magician          82
11.    The Magician Does a New Trick           89
12.    The Dreams of the Magician                96
13.   My Valet Lustgarten                          105
14.    The Banquet                                       116
15.    The   Murderer of the Splendide         129

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