Der Engel mit der Posaune
"Das Downton Abbey von Wien" (Vanity Fair) – die große Wiederentdeckung des Familienepos von Ernst Lothar
From Crown Prince Rudolf’s suicide through the First World War all the way to the »Anschluss«, Ernst Lothar gives us an epochal portrait of Austria, a nation in decline, reflected in the fate of beautiful Henriette.
Central Vienna: a chubby-cheeked stone angel blowing a trumpet soars resplendent above the portico of 10 Seilerstätte. Behind the elegant baroque façade resides the Alt family — an extended dynasty of piano-makers whose rise and fall Ernst Lothar describes in this epochal family saga.
Lothar wrote this panoramic Habsburgian saga in American exile. Capturing a pivotal period of world history by describing its effect on a well-established, influential family, his virtuoso tale spans half a century and three generations.
The novel’s central protagonist is Henriette Alt, née Stein, who at twenty became Crown Prince Rudolf’s mistress and at seventy fell victim to Hitler’s Gestapo. Between the »goodly« and the »difficult« children, amidst family intrigue and political cataclysm, she stands as an allegory of end times – and hope against all odds.
A wonderful rediscovery – and an international bestseller.
»Vienna’s very own Downtown Abbey.« Vanity Fair
The Angel with the Trumpet
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