By Sybille Bedford
A Legacy is the story of 2 very various households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding individuals of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a pal of Goethe between their special ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy capacity a lot of something to them anymore. safe of their large city condo, they commit themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, well to do yet now not wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households may be unusually, certainly fatally, entwined.
Set throughout the run-up to global warfare I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is fascinating, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photo of a doomed lifestyle.
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A Legacy (New York Review Books Classics) by Sybille Bedford