The Little Hotel: A Novel

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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

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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The Hotel Swiss-Touring is the refuge for a group of cosmopolitan characters who come together in Switzerland after World War II. Their object is to conceal themselves from the money-hungry governments and hostile master races.

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"In this highly confined setting, Stead creates a busy mini-Europe of petty and poignant crises... This is an excellent place for the Stead novice to begin enjoying her artistry." --Kirkus Starred Review

"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

"This neat little volume will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a good dose of satire. Classic fiction from an award-winning Australian author." --BookMooch

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