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STODDARD MARTIN

MONSTROUS CENTURY. ESSAYS IN THE AGE OF THE FEUILLETON

London: Starhaven, 2016. 210p. ISBN 978-0936315409

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His subjects, even when unsympathetic in themselves, are viewed in the round, and judged with humanity. Yet he also has a strong moral impulse, as evidenced by the title of this collection. So although he can roam as far back temporally as Perkin Warbeck, and into magical regions with Orpheus, we see in his work a frequent return to more recent periods, and a nagging anxiety to explain why and how Europe went so badly wrong between 1900 and 2000 – particularly the dread duodecennium 1939-1945

Derek Turner, Quarterly Review

 

 

 

CONTENTS :

Preface

Introduction: In ‘the Age of the Feuilleton’

1      Verdi vs. Wagner

2      Cosima Wagner

3      Stefan Zweig

4      Late Fame

5      Young Törless

6      Shooting Mussolini

7      Gabriele D’Annunzio

8      Joseph Roth

9      Music in the Third Reich

10    Himmler & wife

11    Josef Goebbels

12    A World’s End

13    Hanns & Rudolf

14    Resző Kasztner

15    Raoul Wallenberg

16    Céline

17    Romain Gary

18    Jean Améry

19    Eliot, Pound & Anti-Semitism

20    Hemingway & D’Annunzio

21    Nietzsche in America

22    Zweig Redux

23    Prague

24    Goodbye Vienna

25    The Sociologists

26    Americanization of the Holocaust

27    Writing about the War

28    Mission to Kabul

29    Newman & the Pope

30    Orpheus Rising

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