By Sybille Bedford
A Legacy is the story of 2 very various households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding participants of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a pal of Goethe between their exotic ancestors. now not that this proud legacy capability a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city condo, they dedicate themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, well to do yet no longer wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households should be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined.
Set through the run-up to global struggle I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is eye-catching, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photograph of a doomed lifestyle.
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