The Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland

Off-piste in Literary Swizerland

Padraig Rooney

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@2@In the summer of 1816 paparazzi trained their telescopes on the goings on of poets Byron and Shelley - and their womenfolk - across Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley babysat and wrote Frankenstein. Byron dieted and penned @18@The Prisoner of Chillon@19@. His doctor, Polidori, was dreaming up @18@The Vampyre@19@. Together they put Switzerland on the map.@3@@2@Switzerland has always provided a refuge for writers attracted to it as an escape from world wars, oppression, tuberculosis... or marriage. While often for Swiss writers from Rousseau to Bouvier the country was like a gilded prison or sanatorium. The Romantics, the utopians (Wells, D. H. Lawrence) and other spiritual seekers (Hesse), viewed Switzerland as a land of milk and honey, as nature's paradise. In the twentieth century, spying in neutral Switzerland, spawned espionage and detective fiction from Conan Doyle to Maugham, Fleming, and Le Carre.@3@@2@Padraig Rooney finds the rooms crammed with curios: lederhosen and Lepidoptera, spas and spies, fool's gold and numbered accounts. Literary detective work and treasure chest, history and scandal, @18@The Gilded Chalet @19@will make you strap on your skis and go off-piste to find out the real Swiss story.@3@

With a sharp eye for detail and a historian's capacious knowledge, Padraig Rooney has written a superbly amusing guide to all the writers who've been drawn to or emerged from Switzerland. This is a book that should be stuffed into every stocking - the perfect Christmas gift! Edmund White, author of The Flâneur

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 27.09.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-85788-636-8
Verlag Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Maße (L/B/H) 24.1/15.8/3.2 cm
Gewicht 627 g
Verkaufsrang 6743

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