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The Little Hotel : Text Classics - Christina Stead

The Little Hotel

Text Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2016
ISBN: 9781925355734
Number Of Pages: 240

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People live year after year in a hotel like this. We have their police papers, we know their sicknesses and family troubles; people come to confide in you. They tell you things they would not tell their own parents and friends, not even their lawyers and doctors.

After the Second World War, bizarre characters from across the ruined continent have gathered at the 'fourth-rate' Hotel Swiss-Touring by Lake Geneva. Some are residents, while other guests have come for the season. In the claustrophobic atmosphere of the little hotel, their eccentricities and their desperation-their jealousies and vindictiveness-are all too apparent.

First published in 1973, shortly before Christina Stead's return to Australia, The Little Hotel is a sharp, witty satire of changing lives in postwar Europe.

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`How to describe it? It's like a meteorite from Krypton landed on Ozlit's bindi-eye-riddled lawn, greenly glowing. Or perhaps a mosaic of imagined intimacies...Stead is a recording angel of the threadbare European middle class of the postwar years.' * Saturday Paper *
`In this highly confined setting, Stead creates a busy mini-Europe of petty and poignant crises, or perhaps a molehill of The Magic Mountain. This is an excellent place for the Stead novice to begin enjoying her artistry.' * Kirkus Reviews, starred review *

ISBN: 9781925355734
ISBN-10: 192535573X
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.18

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Christina Stead

About the Author


Christina Stead (1902-1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological penetration. She was the author of fifteen novels and several volumes of short stories.

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