Description: Volker Weidermann’s account of the charming resort of Ostend, and in 1936 it’s a haven for Middle-Europe emigres. Reader Peter Firth. Producer Duncan Minshull.
Episode 1: Stefan Zweig strolls the seafront, visits a cafe, and waits for his friend Joseph Roth to arrive. Also in town are other writers, wives and mistresses, as storm clouds gather over the rest of Europe..
2/5: Joseph Roth will be meeting Stefan Zweig here. But first, some background into their need to escape Austria and its encroaching dangers..
3/5: Joseph Roth is off the train at Ostend, about to meet Stefan Zweig for the hotels and bistro life. But his head will soon be turned by another writer, who’s newly arrived herself..
4/5: Joseph Roth is in Ostend to meet his old friend Stafan Zweig. But he’s quickly distracted by another writer, Irmgard Keun. Life is short, so they will move to the Hotel Couronne together..
5/5: Swimming, promenading, drinking.The pleasures of Ostend linger in the face of storm clouds gathering over Europe, but even seasoned vacationers know they have to move on..