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Grand Hotel Paperback – 15 Jun 2016

ISBN-13: 978-1590179673 ISBN-10: 1590179676 Edition: Main

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"The legacy of Baum's novel is not just the 1932 MGM film starring John Barrymore and Greta Garbo (and the 1980s Broadway musical), but all those star-stuffed movies and fat popular novels...in which some institution or event serves as the setting for the intersecting individual dramas. What distinguishes the book from its plump progeny is not only its relatively modest length but the delicacy of Baum's writing...The book is kin to both the stories of Stefan Zweig and the films of Max Ophüls, both artists who chronicled devastating loss but drew our eye to the exquisite fluidity with which the most precious things slid through their characters' elegant, manicured fingers." --Kirkus starred review

"Through the revolving doors of Grand Hotel pass multifarious stray souls: some resigned to their drab fates, others searching eagerly for life--all persuaded that it has somehow passed them by. We meet them as they come under the practiced eye of the staff, expert in Weimar Berlin's taxonomies of class. Like George Grosz, Vicki Baum renders human foibles at their most pathetic, despicable, and comical, then turns her characters inside out, until we recognize our own hopes and fears refracted in them." --Holly Brubach

"The author's strength is creating compelling characters with sexual attitudes that feel contemporary. Grand Hotel prefigures Downtown Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs by examining multiple characters from different classes (both guests and the hotel staff) in a single-setting microcosm of society and lives up to its reputation as a modern classic." --Kevin Howell, Shelf Awareness

"A spiritual motion picture of modern life, the characteristics, the cross-currents of thought and emotion, of this new age." --J. B. Priestley

"[Told] with unusual skill and distinguished by an acute perception of minor detail."--George Dangerfield, The Bookman

"One of the most perfectly constructed popular novels in modern literature."--Frank N. Magill, editor of Masterplots, Revised Edition

About the Author

Vicki Baum (1888-1960) was born in Vienna, where she studied harp at the Vienna Academy for Music and the Performing Arts until marrying Max Prels, a journalist under whose name Baum's first short stories were published. The marriage was short-lived, and in 1912 she moved to Darmstadt, where she married the conductor Richard Lert and began writing as a career. Her first novel, Early Shadows- The Story of a Childhood, was published in 1920, and she went on to write more than thirty novels, ultimately becoming one of the world's bestselling authors. She is credited with inventing the "hotel novel" genre with Grand Hotel (first published as People in a Hotel), which became a Broadway hit in 1931.

Basil Creighton (1886-1989) was a writer and prolific translator of German authors. Among his translations are Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf, B. Traven's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Alma Mahler's Gustav Mahler- Memories and Letters.

Margot Bettauer Dembo has translated works by Judith Hermann, Robert Gernhardt, Joachim Fest, d n von Horvath, Feridun Zaimoglu, Hermann Kant, and Anna Segher's novel Transit, which is available from NYRB Classics. She was awarded the Goethe-Institut Berlin Translator's Prize in 1994 and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize in 2003. Dembo also worked as a translator for two feature documentary films, The Restless Conscience, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Burning Wall. She lives in New York City.

Noah Isenberg is a professor of culture and media at the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Liberal Arts, where he teaches film history, theory, and criticism and also serves as the director of screen studies. He is the author of several books on film, and the book review editor of Film Quarterly. Isenberg is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.

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