The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich
Cultural history of postwar occupied Germany, covering the experiences of American, British, and German writers and artists sent to observe the destruction and help in the reconstruction of a peaceful German society. Feigel focuses on such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, and George Orwell and their struggles to bring about cultural renewal amidst the bombed-out wreckage of Germany and “all-consuming pragmatism of Cold War politics.” Discusses Hemingway’s tumultuous and competitive relationship with his third wife, Gellhorn, friendship with Marlene Dietrich, and role as war correspondent. Draws on histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, and interviews. Includes extensive notes and helpful index.