They publish a selection of the nostalgic travel chronicles of Stefan Zweig

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25/01/2021 05:00 h

Stefan Zweig liked to say that he was born in November 1881 in Vienna, and that in this same city he studied Philosophy, but that his true studies began with his travels through Europe. Born into a wealthy family, he was a curious spirit, a free soul, and everything was susceptible to his interest. Committed to his time, he defended a Europesm that cannot be understood without dialogue and the permeability of cultures, borders and paths. He confessed worried that there were missing travelers and there were too many travelers, that the comfort of the mass trip prevails, the trip by contract, the trip to which you let yourself go. Goodbye to the aroma of adventure, chance and danger. He came from another time, of which he became a privileged executor and defender. The arcic echoes of the Habsburg empire permeate his thinking. Nostalgia permeates the selection of chronicles of Travels which publishes the Catedral seal and opens its March in 1902, in Ostend, and concluded in 1940 in London, with the Second World War already unleashed and barely two years after he committed suicide in exile – fleeing Nazism – in Petrpolis, Brazil, together with his wife Lotte.

Past and present

Even after the Great War, he seemed desolate by the paths his time was taking. In 1921, when Zweig returned to Italy, he writes: For us, who knew the European world as a living entity in which borders floated overlapping indistinguishable in slight movement, seeing another country again became long ago – and perhaps forever – in a continuous comparison between past and present. In what exists now, we always seek what once was.

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Han grows up on Corellia under the thumb of the gangster Lady Proxima. She does not treat her subordinates, who are called white worms, necessarily courteously. That is precisely why Han hopes, like some others – including the clever Qi’ra – to rise within the organization and be appointed subordinate. In addition to Qi’ra, he sees the unscrupulous Rebolt as one of his greatest competitors for this promotion. One day Han and Qi’ra are called separately to Lady Proxima. They received an important assignment, and she promised both of them the promotion they had hoped for. But when the plan fails and he finds himself in great danger from one second to the next, Han realizes that it did not express the appreciation of his lady, but that he and Qi’ra were rather dispensable for her. His competitor is doing similarly, because everything goes wrong on her side of the – same – job. After all, both of them can only flee. When they realize that they have been betrayed by Lady Proxima, and the two suddenly become the Most Wanted Persons on Corellia from several sides because of the item that she sent them to auction, the two of them have to do something for each other Overcome distrust and work together …

Review (Warning, contains spoilers!):
As you know, I was absolutely not a fan of “Solo”. For me it was by far the worst and most unnecessary “Star Wars” film so far – starting with a performance by Alden Ehrenreich that was not at all convincing to me, through a clichéd, predictable, worn out and uninteresting plot, to the way it turned out pretty much everything we know from the original Han trilogy plays there within a few weeks. From his acquaintance with Chewbacca, to his meeting with Lando, to the acquisition of the Millennium Falcon. And, last but not least: As someone who was following the “Expanded Universe” back then, “Solo” had to compete with what I saw as the great “Han Solo” trilogy by AC Crispin – and inevitably got the short end of it. Even Rae Carson’s background does not stand up to the comparison to the latter – and so for me personally AC Crispin’s trilogy will forever tell the ultimate and only true history of the character, whether “Legends” or not – for a while I felt from “Most wanted” but surprisingly well entertained. The fact that with a novel (despite the cover) it is up to me who I imagine in the role – and so I thought more of a young Harrison Ford than Ehrenreich – certainly benefited him as well as the lack of that in my eyes Just constructed and unbelievable coincidence that many known elements from his past should have happened in a very short time. In addition, the story of Rae Carson is told quickly and entertainingly, and it captures the characters, as they apply in the film, well and coherently. And that’s how I felt for about half of the novel, despite a certain banality, as well as the fact that the great new discoveries about Hans past life on Corellia were kept within very tight limits (we ultimately find out little or nothing here that isn’t would have already been conveyed in the film), entertained quite solidly.

After the escape with the stolen glider, “Most Wanted” ran out of steam a bit. Here the novel also suffers from the fact that although Han and Qi’ra roughly share the author’s attention, broken down into pages, we learn next to nothing about them. Simply saying that she has learned not to trust anyone is not enough. The author should have seized the opportunity and told us how she came to this conviction; then one would have felt more sympathetic to her if she breaks her own principle and brings Han and his Rodian friend Tsuulo into their secret hiding place. So, on the other hand, a lot is simply claimed, but from the reader’s point of view is not tangible and / or palpable. Said Tsuulo was another big point of criticism insofar as this seemed very constructed to me. Insofar as it is a strong replacement for Chewie. Because like Chewbacca, only Han knows his language and has to translate for Qi’ra all the time. The Han-Chewie-Leia dynamic has been copied a little too clearly for my taste. Why not just focus on Han and Qi’ra? I would have found that much more exciting and interesting. Last but not least, and that is the last major point of criticism, when in view of the fact that Tsuulo can no longer be heard or seen in “Solo”, it was simply clear from the start how the matter would end. Unfortunately, this inevitability deprived the turn of events of any emotional impact. Especially since I was able to predict practically exactly the moment when the time came. There was this one point where I knew: Ah, so now it will happen – and two pages further the time had come. Last but not least, this enormous predictability also cost “Most Wanted” an additional cost.

Those “Star Wars” fans who, unlike me, liked “Solo” will certainly be able to do more with “Most Wanted” than I can. Especially in the first third, I was still quite surprised how entertaining I found the story. The fact that I was free to imagine a young Harrison Ford in the role of this novel certainly helped, as did the fact that in “Meistgesucht” you no longer had to replay the elements from Hans past known from the original trilogy ( and that in the period of a single film). Over time, “Most Wanted” seemed to run out of steam, although I found the middle section not particularly tingly. It’s also a shame that the author missed the opportunity to introduce us to Qi’ra. And especially everything to do with Tsuulo as a rather obvious replacement for Chewie I found artificial – and with regard to the film, the further development around him was enormously predictable. All in all, I found “Most Wanted” at least a touch better than the very weak film in my eyes; the fact that AC Crispin’s “Legends” trilogy is still the ultimate story behind Han Solo for me, but Rae Carson couldn’t change anything either.

2.5 / 5 points

Christian Siegel

(Cover © 2018 Panini, designed by Florian Nicolle)

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The 10 best-selling books of the week | THE IMPARTIAL

The 10 best-selling books of the week in some countries of the Americas and Spain

1.- “The duel” – Gabriel Rolón
2.- “Aunt Cosima” – Florencia Bonelli
3.- “The betrayal” – José Fernández Díaz
4.- “Blind trust” – John Katzenbach
5.- “Cathedrals” – Claudia Piñero
6.- “La vida invisible de Addie Larue” – V. E. Schwab
7.- “Good luck” – Rosa Montero
8.- “How much I loved you” – Eduardo Sacheri
9.- “The city of steam” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
10.- “The bad ones” – Camila Sosa Villada
(Source: Cúspide Libraries)

1.- “The new witches” – Francisco Ortega and Juan Salfate
2.- “Women of my soul” – Isabel Allende
3.- “Lady’s Gambit” – Walter Tevis
4.- “The darkness and the dawn” – Ken Follett
5.- “Blind trust” – John Katzenbach
6.- “The Auschwitz dancer” – Edith Eger
7.- “Lovers of Prague” – Alyson Richman
8.- “The Guardians” – John Grisham
9.- “Chilean Poet” – Alejandro Zambra
10.- “Crescent City House Of Earth and Blood” – Sarah J. Maas
(Source: Chilean Book Fair)

1.- “Delparaíso” – Juan del Val
2.- “The privileges of the angel” – Dolores Redondo
3.- “White King” – Juan Gómez-Jurado
4.- “An ocean to get to you” – Sandra Barneda
5.- “The patient” – Juan Gómez-Jurado
6.- “Everything that happened with Miranda Huff” – Javier Castillo
7.- “Scar” – Juan Gómez-Jurado
8.- “Aquitania” – Eva García Sáenz de Urturi
9.- “The city of steam” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
10.- “Ask me what you want, now and always” – Megan Maxwell
(Source: El Corte Inglés)

1.- “Neighbors” – Danielle Steel
2.- “The Scorpion’s Tail” – Preston, Child
3.- “The Vanishing Half” – Brit Bennett
4.- “The Midnight Library” – Matt Haig
5.- “The Return” – Nicholas Sparks
6.- “Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi” – Charles Soule
7.- “A Time for Mercy” – John Grisham
8.- “Anxious People” – Fredrik Backman
9.- “Deadly Cross” – James Patterson
10.- “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” – V.E. Schwab
(Source: Publishers Weekly)

1.- “The city of steam” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
2.- “Women of my soul” – Isabel Allende
3.- “The Auschwitz dancer” – Edith Eger
4.- “Plagiarism: a novel” – Héctor Aguilar Camín
5.- “Blind trust” – John Katzenbach
6.- “Save the fire” – Guillermo Arriaga
7.- “Finally I” – Lesslie Polynesia
8.- “Midnight Sun” – Stephenie Meyer
9 .- “Line of fire” – Arturo Pérez-Reverte
10.- “Aquitania” – Eva García Sáenz de Urturi
(Source: Gandhi)

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The new novel by British writer Julian Barnes about the Belle Époque shows astonishing parallels with the present. A conversation about romantic love, cheaters and the unspeakable Brexit.

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Director Patty Jenkins’ timing – news

15.01.2021 02:26Up

Basically, from all relevant points of view it is against any logic to let the film play according to TROS – we already had the topic here in “XL” * wink * !

But now something fell on my feet … What if Dennis Lawson gets his big Harrison-Ford-TFA moment here (… just without death, please * rolls her eyes * !)?

What if he let himself be persuaded by Ewan while he was drunk, his former “SW annoyance” – or whatever that was * Dry version * – Throwing it overboard, having Disney / Lucasfilm pay you princely!

Pure speculation: Was that why he was seen as Wedge in TROS? Could only ER fly a T-65 X-wing in Jenkins’ film? With which the logo would then have its “authorization”, no matter what the flight students prefer under their bum.

If you now add its enormous importance for the entire rogue squadron topic of the past … You can’t get around Wedge in terms of fan service – and you still have the original actor available in a fit condition.

As I said – I don’t really believe in it, but THAT would be the ONLY acceptable reason for me to put this “SW x Top Gun” event on the timeline after TROS!


Bethesda is developing an Indiana Jones game! – News

Well, this is no doubt a surprise, but a pleasant one: As has just been announced, Bethesda Softworks (in cooperation with MachineGames) is officially working on a new video game from our favorite adventure franchise, which is all archologically fantastic Indiana Jones.
The game is produced by games industry icon Todd Howard, otherwise there is still no tangible information, neither on content, platform, or any involvement of Harrison Ford, but a neat little teaser that audibly appeals to our sense of nostalgia.

A new Indiana Jones game with an original story is under development at our studio @MachineGames and is being produced by Todd Howard in collaboration with @LucasfilmGames. It will be some time before we can reveal more, but we’re very excited to share today’s news!

So you can see that yesterday’s announcement of the new Lucasfilm Games label was not a day too early and that the big words were followed by deeds, now the only thing missing is the same kind of surprise announcement for a corresponding one Star-Wars-Title.

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Moff Tarkin is stationed on a space base in the Edge Worlds, where he is also involved in the construction of the Death Star. One day he becomes aware of the actions of individual insurgents through a fake video transmission. He travels to Coruscant to report to the Emperor himself, who then sends him off with Lord Vader with his right hand in order to nip any rebellion in the bud. But already their first station turns out to be a trap, and Tarkin’s own corvette, the Aasdorn, is stolen by the insurgents. These then start a wave of attacks on Imperial targets in the outer rim. Vader and Tarkin do everything in their power to track down the Carrion Thorn and bring the rebels to their just punishment …

“Tarkin” was the second novel after “A New Dawn” to be published within the new canon; But while reading, I couldn’t help but get the impression that James Luceno originally wrote it for the Legends canon. So there are some allusions to these, not least to Luceno’s own prequel novel “Darth Plagueis” (which, frankly, I also wish they had canonized). So with “Tarkin” it is finally established in the new canon that Palpatine / Sidious was the student of Darth Plagueis (and yes, it is implied in “Revenge of the Sith”, but not directly confirmed). As a result, the novel seemed a bit like a hybrid to me – on the one hand still anchored in the “Legends” canon, but at the same time establishing the new canon – as one of the first entries in it. More difficult than that, I wasn’t entirely happy with the characterization of the characters, especially Tarkin and Vader. It should be mentioned that the novel takes place about five years after “The Revenge of the Sith”, and thus also about fifteen years before “A New Hope”, and the characters therefore still have a few years to develop into them as we know it from “A New Hope”. But at times I found it a little difficult to recognize the two of them.

This is especially true for Vader. Even his first appearance bothered me; the way he spoke and he acted just didn’t go well with Vader. Even after that there were a few moments that puzzled me, such as when Vader beats the ship’s instruments in frustration. Hello, this is Vader, not Kylo Ren! I have no idea whether these scenes just happened to Luceno, or whether he deliberately and deliberately built them in to show the development from the impulsive Anakin to the cold Vader resting in the dark side of power, but I was a bit irritated at times . It’s not that bad with Tarkin; only his conviction that the rebels pose a real threat did not quite fit the arrogant Tarkin from “A New Hope”. Otherwise he seemed to be well taken. Although I want to make it clear again that there were many moments with Vader that sounded exactly like him. It wasn’t a permanent problem; I would estimate two thirds of the time the characterization was right, and in the other third I thought to myself: “That doesn’t exactly sound / looks like Vader”. And it was precisely these moments that kept tearing me out.

Apart from that, I liked “Tarkin” a lot. The novel scored points on the one hand with the concept of sending Tarkin and Vader on a joint mission, and thus also showing how the two – who are among the emperor’s closest confidants – got to know each other better. I’m not sure I really needed Tarkin’s guess as to Vader’s true identity; I think that should be a mystery even within the empire. Otherwise, I liked how these two very different personalities learn in the course of the mission to trust each other and how mutual respect develops between them. Another major strength for me was the review of Tarkin’s youth on Eriadu. Here, too, there was a little catch: I would have preferred his last exam as a real flashback; that Tarkin should tell Vader in such detail seemed a bit constructed and implausible to me. Otherwise, however, these insights into his past not only revealed why Tarkin became the way we know him from “A New Hope” – hard, relentless, and above all subordinating everything to the goal of order in the galaxy – it also showed his being tactical skill. The last major plus point for me was the really strong and very entertaining last third. Because after the previous plot was just splashing along, Luceno pushed the pace again and brings his story to its end in an entertaining way.

“Tarkin” was ok so far. I especially liked the way Tarkin grew up on Eriadu, and that we were also able to experience the mutual respect between Tarkin and Vader, which can be seen in “A New Hope”. And especially the last third was very entertaining and entertaining. Conversely, this also means that the first two thirds have not yet impressed me overly. Above all, however, Luceno’s characterization didn’t really suit me. I don’t know if that was on purpose, and was supposed to show that fifteen years before “A New Hope” Vader was someone else, but there were a few moments when I just didn’t feel like I was really the Vader here of the original trilogy before me. Tarkin is doing better, but with him I missed the arrogance that he displayed in “A New Hope” and that was his downfall. Basically “Tarkin” is a solid novel, which gives us an interesting and illuminating look into the past of the grand moff.

3/5 points

Christian Siegel

(Cover © 2016 Blanvalet, designed by David Smit)

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Star Wars Battlefront II Free on the Epic Game Store – News

08.01.2021 16:24Up

You may think what you like about the Epic Game Store, but the game is just fun (even if I rarely look inside).
But if you still want to play it, go ahead.
On the PC, especially in the evening at the usual rush hour, I can still find a game relatively quickly for almost all game modes, it seems as if the number of players is still okay.

(last changed on January 8th, 2021 at 4:25 pm)


What the historian thinks about Trump and Brexit

Berlin Religion, political power and the awareness of the times are the three big topics that Christopher Clark deals with in his new book “Prisoners of Time”. The historian, who teaches at Cambridge, draws a wide historical arc in it, ranging from the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Donald Trump.

“We always have the feeling that our present will last forever, especially in dark times,” said Clark in an interview with the Handelsblatt. The Trump era, which is just coming to an end, and the corona pandemic would, however, prove the opposite. “The election of the US president and the discovery of a vaccine by two German scientists, both from Turkey, were the good news for me last year.”

Australian-born Clark is a chronicler of political power and powers. In Germany he was mainly recognized by his book “Die Schlafwandler. How Europe moved into World War I ”is known – and controversial. In it, Clark questioned the prevailing opinion of German historiography that the German Empire was solely responsible for the outbreak of war.

The metaphor of sleepwalking powers has made a career since then and is also used, for example, to describe the constant escalation between the great powers USA and China. It is all the more important to Clark that the metaphor is used correctly: “Sleepwalkers don’t slide like on an ice surface,” he emphasizes. In sleepwalking, one has a specific intention, but awareness of the broader context of one’s actions is limited. It was the same before the First World War: “The powers that be at that time tried to pursue their interests, but they had a very narrow horizon that neglected the well-being of the entire political order.”

Many of his fellow historians have completely misunderstood the metaphor, says Clark. They would have interpreted his picture to mean that the Germans fell asleep before 1914 and should therefore be acquitted of war guilt. “For me, this is far too narrow a reading, which also has to do with the historian Fritz Fischer’s assessment of the First World War.” of the First World War blamed.

Christopher Clark: Prisoners of Time. History and Temporality from Nebuchadnezzar to Donald Trump.
Munich 2020
336 pages
26 Euro

Clark sees sleepwalking forces at work again today. “If you look at how the EU reacted to the financial crisis in Greece or the crisis in Ukraine, you can see here too that it was not well thought out. Helmut Schmidt once said that he saw sleepwalkers everywhere in the Ukraine crisis. “

Doesn’t that also apply to the British and the recently completed Brexit from the EU? “Yes, Brexit is also an example of sleepwalking,” agrees the historian. The supporters and opponents of Brexit would have understood the fateful referendum of 2016 completely differently: “For me, as a Brexit opponent, it was a question of the mind: is it more useful to us if we are inside or outside the EU?” Supporters it was a question of their identity: “Are you a free Brit or a servant of the EU in Brussels?”

For the historian, the fact that the image of Europe was so distorted in the Brexit debate has to do with the fact that Europe has not yet succeeded in countering the critics of the EU with a positive narrative. “It’s very difficult to make a European narrative,” says Clark. Why? Because the European nation-states had monopolized the image since the middle of the 19th century.

“At the moment I’m writing a book about the European revolutions of 1848,” reports the 60-year-old. “If there was an event in world history that was really European, then it was the revolutions of that time in 20 to 30 European cities that were deeply networked with one another.” Nevertheless, these events were only remembered nationally. “We have to start with European education,” demands the historian.

As unhappy as the “Australian European”, who is married to a German and speaks excellent German, is about the departure of his adopted home from the EU, Clark is confident about the coming change of power in the USA. For him, the election of Trump is a historic turning point that also extends beyond America. “Nobody leaves the stage of world history without leaving something behind,” warns Clark, referring to the legacy of Trumpism.

The crisis of confidence will remain

However, he doubts that Trump’s socio-cultural fan base will politically survive the populist US president. Trump profited greatly from the normative power of the factual, i.e. from his presence as US President. “If the plug of power is pulled now, his very heterogeneous following will probably fall apart,” the historian predicts.

The religious evangelists from Trump’s fan base had little to do with the brothers-in-arms of the “Proud Boys”, whom the Republicans had repeatedly defended.

Clark predicts that the geopolitical style of old power politics will suffer a significant loss of legitimacy as a result of Trump’s departure. “On the other hand, the crisis of confidence that was exacerbated by Trump but began with the global financial crisis will remain.” Many people have lost their trust in politics, governments, authorities and financial institutions. The crisis of confidence is the headline for our time. “

Even before the First World War, there was a similarly large crisis of confidence. Today, however, is much deeper and more complex: “Think of the credibility of the big newspapers, which was huge back then and continues to decline today.” At that time one read newspapers to find out what one should think about the world. “Most of them don’t do that anymore.”

At that time, the universities, too, enjoyed tremendous respect among the population. “That is no longer the case today either. The acquired knowledge, the expertise no longer enjoys this appreciation. “

This is particularly evident in the corona pandemic, which has made many people extremely insecure. “Pandemic experiences have always been drastic and dramatic,” says Clark, “it is no different this time.” For those affected they often felt like upheavals and turning points.

“If you look at pandemics historically, however, you realize that they were often anything but upheavals,” states the historian, “afterwards people mostly plunged back wildly into the old normal.”

The forgotten pandemics

For Clark this is only one reason why pandemics are disappearing from our historical memory. “The pandemics were often forgotten very quickly,” reports the Cambridge professor, “think of Heinrich Heine, who was unable to discover any trace of it after the cholera outbreak in Paris in 1832.” And that was much worse than the Corona at the time Pandemic today. Both in terms of the number of deaths and the course of the disease itself.

“It is a peculiarity of our historical memory that these human catastrophes disappear from our consciousness so quickly,” says Clark. This also provides guesswork among historians. Some of his colleagues suspected that this was also due to the male view of historiography. “The fact that women tend to care for the sick is less interesting for male historians,” says Clark of the discussions in his guild.

The American scholar Gary Gerstle also points out that deathbeds in intensive care units do not win wars or defend human rights. “This is what makes the historical narrative of pandemics so difficult. They fill us with horror and shame, but offer little room for historical highlights. ”In addition, the virus is not a historical figure. “We experience this as a fight against an invisible, non-human opponent.”

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“He’s 22. And black”: Nick Hornby talks about love

Nick Hornby is a specialist in describing men and their quirks. In his new novel, however, he focuses on a 42-year-old, divorced woman who falls in love again. Lo and behold: Hornby knows her world well too.

Contemporary writer of the entertaining kind: Nick Hornby

(Foto: picture alliance / Facundo Arriz)

Vinyl, Mix-Tapes, Lisa Bonet and the reminder that back then you would have loved to have fallen in love with a DJ: the bestselling novel “High Fidelity” and the movie adaptation that goes with it comes to mind when hearing the name Nick Hornby. But contrary to what some might suspect, the British writer has easily left the 1990s behind and has continued to write his novels, non-fiction books and screenplays over the years. Always with his precise and loving eye for milieus and zeitgeist.

In his new novel “Just like you” he arrived in 2016 and again it’s about love – the one between Lucy and Joseph. So far so beautiful. But Lucy is 42, divorced mother of two boys, a teacher and white. Joseph is 22 years old, a temporary butcher, soccer coach, black. Can that go well, not only the two ask themselves. As if the differences in age and skin color weren’t enough, the country around them is also discussing the Brexit referendum. A discussion that is about much more than EU regulations – it’s about who lives contentedly and happily in this country and who doesn’t. Is the attraction between Lucy and Joseph enough to bridge these differences?

“And he’s black.” She didn’t say that out loud. Joseph’s age had exploded in front of her mother’s face, causing pop trauma and temporary deafness. Lucy didn’t want to watch her mother react to this second piece of information. (Excerpt from “Just like you”)


Just Like You: Roman

With Lucy, Nick Hornby, who has become known for his sensitive descriptions of male soul needs, has chosen an unusual main character. Hornby says in interviews that he is more confident when it comes to writing about women. It was more of a challenge to find the right tone with Joseph, the young black British. But since he, Hornby himself, lives in a culturally very mixed community, he can no longer imagine writing only about white protagonists from a certain class. Especially in times like these, when discussions like the one about Brexit let the differences in society emerge. “My friends and I didn’t really have really tough arguments for staying, except for one thing: We feel like Europeans, we want to be able to send our children to Europe. We were so sure that Brexit would not come, we were completely surprised. We didn’t take seriously the fear of unemployment, of a social decline. Basically the question was: “Are you all happy?” And a lot of people answered: No!

Hornby succeeds in describing this surprise, this gap in an unpretentious, truthful and entertaining way. Yes, with a few little things, the 63-year-old didn’t have to play with the different worlds to the max. The alternative that Lucy offers herself to her well-trained young Joseph, who likes to play FIFA with her boys, might not have had to be a successful writer right away. With a stomach attachment and erection problems, but also with the right friends, political views and a country house with a pool. And maybe Joseph is a little too reflective for a 22 year old. But that reads off quickly. It is too much fun to rediscover London over and over again. To be ashamed of gentrification, to ask yourself whether you dance in an embarrassing manner, whether you yourself have the courage for such an unusual relationship and to take a new perspective on the surprising Brexit decision.

The pandemic alone makes the book seem a little like an homage to times gone by. But one can assume that Nick Hornby will take a closer look in 2020 and tell us about it.