By Sybille Bedford
A Legacy is the story of 2 very diverse households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding contributors of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a chum of Goethe between their uncommon ancestors. now not that this proud legacy skill a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city residence, they dedicate themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, well to do yet no longer wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households can be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined.
Set throughout the run-up to international conflict I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is eye-catching, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable snapshot of a doomed lifestyle.
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