An old man remembers. Bickering and exasperated by his aged man-servant, the past comes flooding powerfully back. Alexandra, his Alice, sixteen-year-old mistress, avid for all experience. Their time together in fin de siècle Mirenburg, architectural treasure house where Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque jostle and complement.
Time and place mark the heyday of high European style, gracious, mannered and opulent. The influences, artistic and intellectual, collide, churn together: Vienna, Paris, St Petersburg, Southern dolce fa niente and Northern realpolitik.
City and society, symbolised by the flamboyantly discreet brothel in Rosenstrasse, are doomed, but Alice and the prodigal Rickhardt von Bek play out their hungrily sexual affair while civil war closes inexorably in on them.
Michael Moorcock has created a richly detailed imaginative world that will seduce and delight particularly the many, many people who enjoyed Gloriana and Byzantium Endures.
Michael Moorcock (born 1939) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy. Moorcock's most popular works have been the Elric novels, starring the character Elric of Melniboné. In 2008 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him as a Grandmaster of SF.
Selected mainstream works
1. The Chinese Agent (1970)
2. The Russian Intelligence (1980)
Between the Wars (Colonel Pyat Quartet):
1. Byzantium Endures (1981)
2. The Laughter of Carthage (1984)
3. Jerusalem Commands (1992)
4. The Vengeance of Rome (2006)
Mother London (1988)
King of the City (2000)