Marlene Dietrich Lived Here

Marlene Dietrich Lived Here

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For the last 150 years, Berlin has been a city of myth, dreams and possibility. For Erich, it has been home for over two decades. Yet even after two failed marriages and a stuttering career as a artist, he has little to show for it: a pair of dysfunctional children, an agoraphobic girlfriend who believes she is Marlene Dietrich and a worthy but unprofitable cafe gallery. With the arrival of his younger brother Max, recovering from a suicide attempt, everything changes. Max has always been the golden one for whom success came easily and yet who never cared. Erich's problem is that he always cared too much. The brothers are at a crossroads, both emotionally and geographically. It is only together that they can claw their way back to life, perhaps through the life and times of Europe's most gilded city . . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 055299863X
  • 9780552998635
  • 2,095,168

Review quote

"'Filled with echoes and resonance, intelligence and insight, Bailey's story unfolds the complex, touching failure of brotherly love with a refreshing lack of sentimentality or pretension...A compelling, blackly comic drama of family implosion'" * The Times * "'It is a pleasure to read a writer who makes writing so effortless...There are not many writers who can take as their central theme the Meaning of Life and come up smelling of roses'" * Guardian * "'A beautifully written tale of how people create a city and how cities create people. Bailey has crafted a homage to a city that has clearly got under her skin, to produce one that gets under ours too'" * Independent on Sunday *show more

About Eleanor Bailey

Eleanor Bailey is a writer and journalist. She lives in Japan. She has recently been selected as one of twenty-one women writers in the Orange Futures promotion, highlighting the writers to watch in the twenty-first century. Her novels Idioglossia and Marlene Dietrich Lived Here are both published by Black Swan.show more

Review Text

"'Filled with echoes and resonance, intelligence and insight, Bailey's story unfolds the complex, touching failure of brotherly love with a refreshing lack of sentimentality or pretension...A compelling, blackly comic drama of family implosion'"show more

Back cover copy

Berlin. Twelve years after the fall of The Wall, Erich Brandt is still living in the past. The city he loves, the city at the political and cultural centre of the twentieth century, the city of Marlene Dietrich and the Cold War has changed. For over forty years, Erich has by turn idolized and resented his younger brother Max, a London photographer who has more money, more talent and is far more attractive to women. Erich has always believed of his brother as he believes of Berlin: that both are bigger, more important than he is. So it is all the more shocking that killing himself is the first thing Max ever fails to do. And when Max comes to Berlin to recover, it is Erich who must face up to his flawed understanding of both his brother and the city, and the myths he has created in both.show more

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3 38% (3)
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