- 出版日期：2014 年3月
The mysterious and remarkable story of what happened at the Hôtel Ritz during a pivotal historical moment - the German occupation of France - from the bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot. Since the end of the 19th century, the Ritz Hotel in Paris has been an international symbol of luxury and glamour, home to film stars, celebrity writers, playboys and princes. When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda maestro, famously declared that the capital would be gay and happy - or else! The Ritz was divided into two sections: one half becoming home to the highest-ranking German officers; the other half home to the rich and famous civilians who were in Paris during the Nazi occupation. There was Hermann Göring, Hitler’s morphine-addicted second-in-command, who spent much of the war at the Ritz, pillaging art and desperately trying to avoid Hitler’s brutal rages. Other guests included Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, wining, dining and being merry, oblivious to - and exempt from - the extreme cruelty and suffering the Nazis inflicted on countless others. Penned by the bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot, this is a remarkable and intimate snapshot of WW2.
Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of cultural history and biography, including the New York Times bestselling The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and nearly two dozen other books, articles, essays, and reviews on wine, travel, and the history of luxury. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time between coastal Maine, Paris, and New York City.
“Stolen art, double agents, a legendary bartender passing notes to the resistance: This is a rich, messy history.”(Kirkus Reviews)
“In The Hotel on Place Vendôme, [Mazzeo] pulls back the heavy curtains of the Ritz in Paris to reveal a steamy world of sex, drugs, partying and political intrigue.”(Alan Riding, author of And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris)
“Mazzeo enthrallingly depicts a hotbed of both the magnificent and the mundane. . . . Readers will enjoy Mazzeo’s fascinating collection of secretive, scheming historical characters, all under one elegant roof.”(Publishers Weekly)
“Fiction could not write betrayal, resistance, collaboration, or celebration with more robustness or with a more alluring who’s-who of writers, artists, and military powers than history did in this single hotel. ”(Booklist)
“Tilar J. Mazzeo tells the tale of the Hotel Ritz, a landmark so imbued with glamour that it was the only hotel in Paris the Nazis ordered to stay open during the war. The antics at and around it during World War II were often shocking.”(New York Post)
“Must read. . . . Mazzeo artfully transports readers to the Nazi occupation of World War II . . . The Hôtel on Place Vendôme contextualizes the opulence of 1940s Paris, making for a work of history that reads as enticingly as a novel.”(Harper's Bazaar)
“An illuminating history of the intrigue and drama taking place inside its elegant façade. . . . The narrative reads like fiction, with the difference being accurate testimony from well-researched documents and interviews.”(Bookreporter)