A Visit To Don Otavio

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590179706
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A Visit To Don Otavio from the Author: Sybille Bedford. In the mid-1940s, Sybille Bedford set off from Grand Central Station for Mexico, accompanied by her friend E., a hamper of food and drink (Virginia ham, cherries, watercress, a flute of bread, Portuguese rosé), books, a writing board, and paper. Her resulting travelogue captures the violent beauty of the country she visited. Bedford doesn’t so much describe Mexico as take the reader there—in second-class motor buses over thousands of miles, through arid noons and frigid nights, successions of comida corrida, botched excursions to the coast, conversations recorded verbatim, hilarious observations, and fascinating digressions into murky histories. At the heart of the book is the Don Otavio of the title, the travelers’ gracious host, his garrulous family and friends, and his Edenic hacienda at Lake Chapala. Published in 1953, A Visit to Don Otavio was an immediate success, “a travel book written by a novelist,” as Bedford described it, establishing her reputation as a nonpareil writer.

A Visit To Don Otavio

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1582439184
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A Visit To Don Otavio from the Author: Sybille Bedford. Before returning to Europe after World War II, Bedford traveled to Mexico, and this book reports her impressions in vignettes that reflect the beauty of the land, architecture, and people.

A Visit To Don Otavio

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Pan Books (UK)
ISBN: 9780330351379
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A Visit To Don Otavio from the Author: Sybille Bedford. The tale begins at Grand Central Station with an impetuous decision, continues with a nightmarish train journey, and then reveals the landscapes and people of Mexico with such a light touch that even the dullest patch of history becomes fascinating Although Bedford is frank about the horrors of travel, the highlight is the author's idyllic stay with Don Otavio, a bankrupt squire still inhabiting his lakeside house with 17 servants to wait on him.

A Legacy

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590178270
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A Legacy from the Author: Sybille Bedford. A Legacy is the tale of two very different families, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding members of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count a friend of Goethe among their distinguished ancestors. Not that this proud legacy means much of anything to them anymore. Secure in their huge town house, they devote themselves to little more than enjoying their comforts and ensuring their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, well off but not rich, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the two families will be strangely, indeed fatally, entwined. Set during the run-up to World War I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is captivating, magnificently funny, and profound, an unforgettable image of a doomed way of life.

Jigsaw

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780907871798
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Jigsaw from the Author: Sybille Bedford. This intensely remembered, partly autobiographical novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989, describes the childhood of Billi, a girl growing up in Europe between the wars. When her father dies, she swaps life in a run-down German château for an exhilarating existence with her beautiful, talented and unreliable mother on the French Riviera. Sent away to England for schooling, the gypsy-like Billi ricochets between short-lived tutors and a life of reading, friends and public lectures. Returning to the Mediterranean, her unorthodox education - intellectual, emotional and sexual - continues among the vibrant community of artists, exiles and intellectuals who have colonised the coast, coaxing her towards a life of literature.

A Compass Error

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9781582431598
Size: 55.87 MB
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A Compass Error from the Author: Sybille Bedford. The sequel to A Favorite of the Gods, & Counterpoint's fourth Bedford reprint in a series of six.

Grand Hotel

Author: Vicki Baum
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590179684
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Grand Hotel from the Author: Vicki Baum. A grand hotel in the center of 1920s Berlin serves as a microcosm of the modern world in Vicki Baum’s celebrated novel, a Weimar-era best seller that retains all its verve and luster today. Among the guests of the hotel is Doctor Otternschlag, a World War I veteran whose face has been sliced in half by a shell. Day after day he emerges to read the paper in the lobby, discreetly inquiring at the desk if the letter he’s been awaiting for years has arrived. Then there is Grusinskaya, a great ballerina now fighting a losing battle not so much against age as against her fear of it, who may or may not be made for Gaigern, a sleek professional thief. Herr Preysing also checks in, the director of a family firm that isn’t as flourishing as it appears, who would never imagine that Kringelein, his underling, a timorous petty clerk he’s bullied for years, has also come to Berlin, determined to live at last now that he’s received a medical death sentence. All these characters and more, with all their secrets and aspirations, come together and come alive in the pages of Baum’s delicious and disturbing masterpiece.

The Faces Of Justice

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571282685
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The Faces Of Justice from the Author: Sybille Bedford. 'Going to law courts is a good education for a novelist. It provides you with the most extravagant material, and it teaches the near impossibility of reaching the truth.'Sybille Bedford, Paris Review (1993)For The Faces of Justice (1961) Sybille Bedford journeyed through Europe to sit in the press box of the courts of law - high courts, low courts, police courts. In England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, she watched the prisoners at the bar, the accusing community arrayed against them, the advocates, the jurors, the judges on the bench. She saw justice being attempted under the law - the best we can do, the worst we can do - varying in subtle yet astonishing ways from country to country. The result is a story about justice, humanity and the individual - moving, dramatic, superbly observed, splendidly told.

Aldous Huxley

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
ISBN: 9781566634540
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Aldous Huxley from the Author: Sybille Bedford. Sybille Bedford, an intimate friend of the Huxleys through four decades, re-creates not only the private Huxley and the literary Huxley but the entire intellectual and social era to which he was central. Drawing on his letters and diaries, the memories of his intimates, and her own sharp and sensitive comprehension of Huxley's writings, Mrs. Bedford has written a masterful biography. Huxley becomes a living, deeply attractive presence, while his great contemporaries flash through these pages in memorable and moving encounters.