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Clouds over Paris: The Wartime Notebooks of Felix Hartlaub

Felix Hartlaub, Simon Beattie, Rudiger Goerner

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The first English translation of Hartlaub's diaries, which have attained classic status in Germany, perfect for fans of Primo Levi and readers of Irne Nmirovsky's Suite Franaise.

The writer Felix Hartlaub died in obscurity at just 31, vanishing from Berlin in 1945. He left behind a small oeuvre of private writings from the Second World War: fragments and observations of life from the midst of catastrophe that, with their evocative power and precision, would make a permanent place for him in German letters. Posted to Paris in 1940 to conduct archival research, Hartlaub recorded his impressions of the unfamiliar city in notebooks that document with unparalleled immediacy the daily realities of occupation. With a painter's eye for detail, Hartlaub writes of the bustle of civilians and soldiers in cafes, of half-seen trysts during blackout hours and the sublime light of Paris in spring. Appearing in English for the first time, Clouds Over Paris is a unique testament to the persistence of ordinary life through disaster.

Pushkin Press
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216mm x 135mm
Diaries, letters & journals

RRP: £14.99

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781782278443

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