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A Legacy

Authors: Bedford, Sybille
Publisher: New York Review Books
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC045000, FIC019000
ISBN: 9781590178270, Related ISBNs: 1590178262, 1590178270, 9781590178263, 9781590178270
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 384,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

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.

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