A Time to Love, a Time to Die

Leopold zu Löwenstein

£20.00

A Time to Love, A Time to Die was originally published in 1971, and became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It has since gone unduly forgotten. Now, this tale of life, death, love and heartache is republished, and with a foreword by Leopold Loewenstein’s daughter-in-law, Princess Josephine Loewenstein.

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Republished, with a foreword by Josephine Loewenstein.

 

A Time to Love, A Time to Die was originally published in 1971, and became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It has since gone unduly forgotten. Now, this tale of life, death, love and heartache is republished, and with a foreword by Leopold Loewenstein’s daughter-in-law, Princess Josephine Loewenstein.

 

Prince Loewenstein had spent over 20 years of complete happiness with his wife Diana Gollancz. And then Diana was found to be fatally ill.

 

In this heart-rending account, Loewenstein carefully notes the progression of his wife’s disease, in this case cancer – the gradual loss of faculties, the abrupt oases of hope and contentment, the recurring awareness, for both, of what lay ahead. Diana, who died at forty-six, had been fastidious in her intellectual and artistic amusements and avocations. During her illness she would make pathetic attempts to order her darkness and pain: ‘I am like a spaceman shot into space without training. . . . I must not go off my head.’

 

As Diana and her husband face a “world of the Unknown,” the one gradually withdraws; the other examines his own protective mechanisms and his religious faith, and questions the rightness of one human being watching another in the agony of death.

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ISBN

9781999777043

Binding

Hardback

Trim Size

216 x 138mm

About the author

PRINCE LEOPOLD LÖWENSTEIN left Germany in the 1920s, after his brother (Hubertus zu Loewenstein) wrote a book foreshadowing the rise of the Nazi Party. His first marriage, by which he produced a son (Rupert Loewenstein) was short-lived, and he later fell in love with and married Diana Gollancz, daughter of the publisher Victor Gollancz. As a young man he told his father that he wished to become a doctor, only to be met with the rejoinder, ‘You call the Doctor, you don’t become a Doctor.’ In later life he gatecrashed medical conferences and pursued an amateur interest in psychiatry, writing what is widely believed to be the first ‘self-help’ book, See Yourself As You Really Are

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