Right before the start of Frankfurt Book Fair 2021 we are super thrilled to share the news that Finnish and Danish rights to Florian Illies‘ new book, LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE (S. Fischer) were pre-empted, Swedish rights sold in auction, Norwegian rights optioned.

  • right sold to UK (Profile), France (Flammarion), Italy (Marsilio), Spain (Salamandra), Brazil (Companhia das Letras), Korea (Munhakdongne), Russia (Ad Marginem), the Netherlands (Atlas Contact), Czech Republic (Host), Romania (Polirom), Finland (Atena), Denmark (Gutkind), Sweden (Norstedts), Norway (Cappelendamm)
  • Stylistically brilliant and meticulously researched, this is a sweeping cultural history by the author who has shaped the genre like no other
  • Love in a Time of Hate explores the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s not through the prism of politics but as a history of love and emotions
  • It describes authors and their muses, artists and their lovers, emancipated actresses and worried spouses, sham marriages and desperate escapes, ménages à trois and every possible form of love
  • Florian Illies’ first masterpiece, 1913, sold over one million copies worldwide

A spectacular new account of the 1930s through the eyes of the greatest lovers of the time

While Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir eat cheesecake at the Kranzler Eck café in Berlin, Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin enjoy wild nights in Paris, and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway throw themselves headlong into passionate affairs in New York. Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel flee into exile, and so do Thomas and Katia Mann. All of this happens as the Nazis are seizing power in Germany, burning books and ramping up their persecution of the Jews.

In 1933 the Roaring Twenties come to a screeching halt. Florian Illies takes us back to an age of unprecedented political disaster and portrays some of the greatest lovers in recent history. In Berlin, Paris and Ticino and on the French Riviera, the great heroes of the age do all they can to ward off the impending collapse of culture itself. Love in a Time of Hate is an enthralling journey into the past that reads like a commentary on our own uncertain times.