A Legacy by Sybille Bedford

"A Legacy is the tale of two very different families. The Merzes are members of the Jewish upper bourgeoisie of Berlin and direct descendants of Henriette Merz, friend of Goethe and Mirabeau. But this imposing legacy has long since ceased to mean much of anything in the Merzes' huge town house, where the family devotes itself to little more than enjoying its comfort and ensuring its wealth. The Feldens are landed Catholic aristocracy, well off but not rich, from the Catholic south of Germany. When Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the two families become strangely, and sometimes fatally, entwined. Told from the point of view of a precociously observant child and set against the background of Germany before the First Word War, A Legacy is at once captivating, magnificently funny, and profound, an unforgettable image of a doomed way of life"--

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The 1641st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 86th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
A Legacy Paperback 5445424 $7.00 1964
A Legacy: A Novel Paperback 9709958 $9.95 1956
Legacy (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 784516 $10.12 $1.80 2005
A Legacy Hardcover 2605423 $8.52
A Legacy Mass Market Paperback 7437843 $2.57
A Legacy Mass Market Paperback 9675723 $196.03
A Legacy (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback 151376 $9.51 $2.25 2015
A Legacy: A Novel Paperback 1124328 $6.27 $0.01 2001
A Legacy (New York Review Books Classics) Kindle Edition 811254 $9.99 2015