1913: the year before the storm
A moving account of European society on the brink of war; 1913 is the story of the year that shaped the last century.
A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched documentary traces and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural portrait of a world that is about to change forever.
The stuffy conventions of the nineteenth 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; Charlie Chaplin signs his first movie contract; and in Munich an Austrian postcard painter by the name of Adolf Hitler sells his conventional cityscapes.
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.
Soft cover, 270 pages
As reviewed in Wartime magazine issue 65 – the official magazine of the Australian War Memorial.