UK/USA 2009, 300 pp., brochure, € 19.49Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas met on Sunday 8 September 1907 in Paris. From that day on they were together until Gertrude's death on Saturday 27 July 1946. Everyone who was anyone went to their salons at 27 rue de Fleurus. They became a legendary couple, photographed by Stieglitz, Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, painted by Picasso and written about in the works of Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Natalie Barney and Sylvia Beach. After Stein's death in 1946, Toklas became the classic devoted author's widow, until her own death, just short of her 90th birthday. She was buried alongside Stein in Paris, though her inscription is on the back of the tombstone, as ever behind her lover. Souhami's two lives, refreshingly stripped of biographical dead wood, positively crackle with gossip and bristle with bitchy anecdotes, though her mind is never asleep to touching cadences and wonderful absurdities.