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For over a century the Wagners have presided over the Bayreuth Festival, playing host to many of the greatest and ghastliest figures in the arts and politics amidst family in-fighting and political controversy. Drawing on extensive interviews with members of the family and on both archive and recent material, Jonathan Carr presents a balanced but gripping portrait of the Wagners and their circle; a story which presents a mirror of Germany’s rise, fall and resurrection.
Carr's intelligent reassessment of the Wagners is not just an account of the histrionics of the backstabbing, plotting and lies that became a way of life for the family ... wall balanced and fair minded.'
'[A] nuanced, wise, swift and stylish biography.'
'Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the Wagner family ... we are provided with an account of German social history alongside detailed descriptions of the Wagner clan.'
A fascinating and compelling read.
So rich if the drama of the Wagners ... that one is grateful for Jonathan Carr's bite-sized approach. Each of his 14 chapters seethe with incident. Numerous myths are unpicked and Thomas Mann's claim that there was ''much Hitler in Wagner'' is carefully weighed.
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