The Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland - From Rousseau to the Romantics, James Joyce to James Bond, Conan Doyle to Le Carré, Hemingway to Hesse to Highsmith Padraig Rooney

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The Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland - From Rousseau to the Romantics, James Joyce to James Bond, Conan Doyle to Le Carré, Hemingway to Hesse to Highsmith  by  Padraig Rooney

The Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland - From Rousseau to the Romantics, James Joyce to James Bond, Conan Doyle to Le Carré, Hemingway to Hesse to Highsmith by Padraig Rooney
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In the summer of 1816 paparazzi trained their telescopes on the goings on of poets Byron and Shelley - and their womenfolk - across Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley babysat and wrote Frankenstein. Byron dieted and penned The Prisoner of Chillon.

His doctor,MoreIn the summer of 1816 paparazzi trained their telescopes on the goings on of poets Byron and Shelley - and their womenfolk - across Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley babysat and wrote Frankenstein. Byron dieted and penned The Prisoner of Chillon. His doctor, Polidori, was dreaming up The Vampyre.

Together they put Switzerland on the map.Switzerland has always provided a refuge for writers attracted to it as an escape from world wars, oppression, tuberculosis - or marriage. While often for Swiss writers from Rousseau to Bouvier the country was like a gilded prison or sanatorium. The Romantics, the utopians (Wells, D. H. Lawrence) and other spiritual seekers (Hesse), viewed Switzerland as a land of milk and honey, as natures paradise. In the twentieth century, spying in neutral Switzerland, spawned espionage and detective fiction from Conan Doyle to Maugham, Fleming, and Le Carré.Padraig Rooney peers through the chalet windows and finds the rooms crammed with curios: lederhosen and Lepidoptera, spas and spies, fools gold and numbered accounts.

Literary detective work and treasure chest, history and scandal, The Gilded Chalet will make you strap on your skis and come off-piste to find out the real Swiss story.



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