Baron Bagge by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

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Baron Bagge, a cavalry officer stationed in Eastern Europe during the First World War, receives orders to ride into a platoon of Russian machine guns. But instead of meeting certain death, he and his brigade pass, unscathed, into a strangely peaceful land where festivities are in full swing. There he meets Charlotte Szent-Kiraly, and finds himself falling in a strange, enchanted love – a love harrowed at its edges by the threat of the enemy, and the peculiar fragility of this country’s otherworldly peace. ‘Baron Bagge’ is both a perfect ghost story and a perfect love story – a tale to which the word ‘haunting’ can be applied in every possible permutation. This edition includes a new introduction, and an exchange between Lernet-Holenia and Stefan Zweig.