By Sybille Bedford

A Legacy is the story of 2 very diversified households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding individuals of Berlin's haute bourgeoisie who count number a pal of Goethe between their distinct ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy ability a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city apartment, they dedicate themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, well to do yet now not wealthy, from Germany's Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households might be unusually, certainly fatally, entwined.

Set in the course of the run-up to global struggle I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is desirable, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable picture of a doomed lifestyle.

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A Legacy is the story of 2 very diverse households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding individuals of Berlin's haute bourgeoisie who count number a chum of Goethe between their special ancestors. now not that this proud legacy ability a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city condominium, they dedicate themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth.

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El lío era considerable. —Te la puedo dejar —respondí—, pero olvídate de pedir nada con ella. Estábamos sentados y desayunando. Yo tomaba copos de avena y Lauren café mientras navegaba por internet en el portátil. Luke había vuelto al juego de trocitos-de-fruta-para-el-perro. Ellarose hacía ruiditos en la esterilla de juegos, frente a la tele. Si Luke era un chicarrón grande para su edad, Ellarose era diminuta para tener seis meses. Tenía poco pelo todavía y siempre desgreñado, como un nido de pájaros color arena.

No sé cuál es la reacción adecuada cuando te anuncian que anda suelto un virus letal. Lauren se disponía a responderme con una salva de invectivas cuando Susie apareció detrás de Chuck. Llevaba a Ellarose en un brazo. —Tranquilo todo el mundo. No es momento de peleas. Sé que últimamente habéis tenido problemas vosotros dos, pero eso tiene que acabar. Avanzó hasta el centro de la habitación con la mano alzada y la palma vuelta hacia nosotros pidiéndonos calma. —Susie, me parece que deberías llevar a Ellarose a...

Murmuré, sin saber muy bien qué decir—. Tengo muchas cosas que hacer. —Todo el mundo siempre tiene muchas cosas que hacer, pero durante las fiestas es cuando más necesitamos la sangre. Dejé que Pam entrara en el ascensor delante de mí. Me sentía doblemente culpable. Y de pronto, en un impulso incontenible... —¿Sabes qué? —dije—. Ahora mismo iré. —«Eh, es Navidad», pensé. » —¿De verdad? —Se le iluminó la cara—. Serás el primero en entrar. Me sonrojé un poco porque aquello podía tomarse por una insinuación.

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