Last Days in Old Europe

by Richard Bassett

£9.99

Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of Last Days in Old Europe for collection at the Marlow Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.


    Non Fiction

    Paperback

    9780141979991

    In 1979 Richard Bassett set out on a series of adventures and encounters in central Europe which allowed him to savour the last embers of the cosmopolitan old Hapsburg lands and gave him a ringside seat at the fall of another ancien regime, that of communist rule. From Trieste to Prague and Vienna to Warsaw, fading aristocrats, charming gangsters, fractious diplomats and glamorous informants provided him with an unexpected counterpoint to the austerities of life along the Iron Curtain, first as a professional musician and then as a foreign correspondent.

    The book shows us familiar events and places from unusual vantage points: dilapidated mansions and boarding-houses, train carriages and cafes, where the game of espionage between east and west is often set. There are unexpected encounters with Shirley Temple, Fitzroy Maclean, Lech Walesa and the last Empress of Austria. Bassett finds himself at the funeral of King Nicola of Montenegro in Cetinje, plays bridge with the last man alive to have been decorated by the Austrian Emperor Franz-Josef and watches the KGB representative in Prague bestowing the last rites on the Soviet empire in Europe.

    Music and painting, architecture and landscape, food and wine, friendship and history run through the book. The author is lucky, observant and leans romantically towards the values of an older age. He brilliantly conjures the time, the people he meets, and Mitteleuropa in one of the pivotal decades of its history.

    The Farmer’s Wife by Helen Rebanks | 9780571370597

    The Farmer’s Wife

    Helen Rebanks

    £10.99

    The Shortest History of India by John Zubrzycki | 9781913083489

    The Shortest History of India

    John Zubrzycki

    £9.99

    Pegasus by Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud | 9781529094855

    Pegasus

    Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud

    £10.99

    The Great Post Office Scandal by Nick Wallis | 9781739099206

    The Great Post Office Scandal

    Nick Wallis

    £13.99

    The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine by Rashid I. Khalidi | 9781781259344

    The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine

    Rashid I. Khalidi

    £11.99

    Trust the Plan : The Rise of Qanon and the Conspiracy That Reshaped the World by Will Sommer | 9780008466800

    Trust the Plan : The Rise of Qanon and the Conspiracy That Reshaped the World

    Will Sommer

    £10.99