Eve of a Century

Eve of a Century

Jens Malte Fischer

Jens Malte Fischer, a renowned expert on the last "fin de siècle" whose books and essays brilliantly link past and present, side-steps the more obvious parallels and differences to survey instead the vast cultural and spiritual dimensions of a time of great change. His new book touches upon topics ranging from metropolitan lifestyles and the opera to anti-Semitism and the reactions it triggered.

A central character in the change of the century is Gustav Mahler, less as the master composer but rather as a seismographic personality who registered the subterranean tremors of his epoch.

Fischer's book spans the European era of Decadence until the beginning of World War I and attempts also to explain the perplexing attitude of many artists and intellectuals at the beginning of the era of genocide.

Eve of a Century

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