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Love in a Time of Hate by Florian Illies
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Sep 19, 2023 | ISBN 9780593713938

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Praise for Love in a Time of Hate:

A high-speed panoramic tour of the romantic and creative lives of Europe’s celebrity artists over the prewar decade … [in] a hyper-mobile frieze of lovemaking and art-making against darkening skies. … The narrative picks up weight and urgency as fascism imperils [Illies’s]is luminaries, body and soul.” Financial Times

“A kaleidoscopic romp through the decades that preceded World War II. … As the culture of Europe shifts away from experimentation and play toward large-scale social collapse, the author wrestles with how easily — and disconcertingly — hate can take over a population.” ―Vulture

“A kaleidoscopic view of a fevered decade. . . .  [that] creates a sense of immediacy and tension. . . . Illies vividly captures his subjects’ disorientation, dizziness, fear, and desperation. . . . A dramatic, richly detailed cultural history.” Kirkus Reviews

“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 Observer

“Ten years ago, Illies had a great success with 1913, which anatomised the year preceding the First World War. His grander task here enfolds the entire decade before the Second. It tells of how, as became clear to everyone from the blighted Fitzgeralds to any number of wandering Jewish intellectuals, ‘the Thirties are picking up the tab for the Twenties.’. … There’s the thrill of discovery on every page.” Telegraph

“It takes a skilful hand to arrange these vignettes into a dramatic image of the world slipping into catastrophe. … Intimate relationships make for great material, now blending into, now contrasting with, the storm clouds on the horizon. … Illies reads his protagonists’ feelings, love included, like a social barometer. … A crucial perspective on ‘those blazing years before everything goes dark’.” The Spectator

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

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