Translated from the German by Heins Norden, this is the second in the series begun with Twilight On The Danube and continues the chronicles of the Reither family in the years 1915-1917. It opens with the death of Alexander, and the turmoil within the family, and it follows both the older and the younger Reithers through their destinies as the war years speed them along. An almost endlessly consecutive following of the lives and thoughts of a growing cast of characters, that systemically explores the patterns of the time and follows the stream of history meticulously. Again Prague, and the house in Radetsky Square is the scene where Caroline maintains her snobbish gentility, the children pursue their individual ways to their own destruction while their older relatives, sheeplike, follow the path of futility. A deep penetration of the crumbling middleclass facade, of the collapse of accepted conventions and a lost way of life, this makes no compromise with any soft romanticizm, bares the decadence of the generation. For the audience of the earlier book almost solely.