THROUGH THE NIGHT by Hans Scholz

THROUGH THE NIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Five friends gather in the Jockey Club in West Berlin, scene of pre-war good times, to cheer up one of their number just back from a Russian prison camp. In the course of the night they tell stories that, although at first apparently unrelated, fuse into one theme built around the beautiful and rich cosmopolite Barbara von Bibiena. Ranging in place from Norway to Italy, in time from the rise of Hitler to the Berlin Blockade, with some forays into the 18th century, and with a wide variety of characters high and low, good, evil and opportunistic, these stories give a wonderful picture of the German character and seitgeist. This is not a grim book, nor an apologia-- its main characters, chiefly of the aristocracy and upperclass bohemia, represent what is good in the German personality (indeed its virtues are ironically often what led to its vices); the stories are told in styles appropriate to the varied subject matter and the whole provides an evening of reading that is pleasant and provocative, sad and insouciant, sentimental and ironical.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1959
Publisher: Crowell