Two Gentlemen on the Beach
- date of publication: 25.08.2014
- 256 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-24603-4
- Deutschland: 17,90 €
- Österreich: 18,40 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-24759-8
- E-Book Deutschland: 9,99 €
Two solitary gentlemen walk the beach, deep in discussion. Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill
– two leviathans of world history – were as different as chalk and cheese, yet the impoverished tramp and
the great statesman became close friends. In Michael Köhlmeier’s intriguing new novel they experience the century together.
It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, but after their first encounter in the thirties they never lost touch with one another. Churchill and Chaplin were both blessed with fame, yet they were great depressives who repeatedly suffered prolonged episodes of melancholy and struggled to overcome them — one by becoming the greatest comedian in history, the other by leading his country through the war against Adolf Hitler. It was a battle they both fought to the bitter end: one through his masterpiece, The Great Dictator, the other by mobilizing a spirit of dogged resistance that swept the whole country along with him. With the unerring eye of the first class imaginative raconteur, Michael Köhlmeier recognized what this incredible couple represents: nothing less than the complete history of the 20th century, spanning art and politics, comedy and tragedy.
Longlisted for the German Book Prize 2014
Czech Republic (Archa), France (Actes Sud), Italy (Archinto), Netherlands (Aldo Manuzio), Serbia (Laguna), Slovenia (eBesede), Syria (Dar Ninawa), UK (Haus Publishing)