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All for Love

A Novel

Dan Jacobson

Metropolitan Books

A brilliant reconstruction of the operatic--and catastrophic--romance of a Hapsburg princess and a lowly cavalryman
It was a great European scandal: she was the wife of a prince, the daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians, and a familiar figure in the court of the aged emperor Franz Joseph. Her lover was Second Lieutenant Géza Mattachich. Ten years younger than the princess, a dashing figure in his fitted tunic and shiny boots, he was an undistinguished subaltern of dubious origin and extravagant ambition. Ahead of them both lay assignations, adultery, flight, the squandering of a fortune (not his; not hers either, as things worked out), a duel, imprisonment, bankruptcy, madness. And, as well, a genuine heroine--in the form of canteen worker Maria Stöger--who was no less ready than the princess and her soldier to risk all for love. With sparkling, satirical prose, All for Love moves from one end of pre-World War I Europe to the other. Shuttling between historical fact and fiction, between their time and ours, it evokes a world in which propriety conceals what is predatory, greedy, and corrupt. Long forgotten, Louise and Mattachich have been resurrected and placed, along with their few friends and many enemies, at the center of a drama that is both extravagant and profound.

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Chapter One 
She was a princess, Louise by name, the daughter of a king who was one of the richest and most hated men in Europe.
 
            Her lover, Géza Mattachich, a second lieutenant in the Thirteenth Regiment of Uhlans, was the stepson of a backwoods Croatian count, who had lived for many years in a ménage à trois with Géza's mother and father.
 
            And then there was Maria Stöger, the keeper of a canteen inside the prison in which Mattachich
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"Entertaining, seductive . . . This is truly a romp with a difference."--The Independent

"What makes this so gripping is its prose, sparkling and pungently suggestive. Jacobson's drama of transgression and repression is a compulsive page-turner."--The Sunday Times (London)

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  • Dan Jacobson

  • Dan Jacobson is the author of some twenty books--novels, short-story collections, travel writing, and autobiography--including the acclaimed memoir Heshel's Kingdom. He is the winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, among many others. He lives and writes in London.
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    A Novel

    Dan Jacobson

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