House of All Nations by Christina Stead

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The devious world of international finance comes alive in Christina Stead’s enthralling epic about a ruthless bank director in 1930s Paris
Praised as “a work of extraordinary talent” by the New York Times, Christina Stead’s ambitiously layered House of All Nations is an engrossing satire of wealth and manipulation. Set in an elite European bank in the 1930s, Stead’s epic spans the interwar years of a money-hungry Paris. Jules Bertillon, the distrustful and unpredictable bank director, sees every national disaster—including war—as an opportunity for riches. Adored by his clients for his ability to rake in staggering profits, Bertillon leaves no opening wasted—even if it means dealing with unsavory speculators or ruthless gamblers while his clients suffer the consequences. A stunning page-turner, House of All Nations is as significant and resonant today as it was upon its publication in 1938.

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Author Christina Stead was born in Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia on July 17, 1902. She left Australia in 1928 and spent time in Europe, England, and the United States before permanently returning in 1974. She wrote fifteen novels and numerous volumes of short stories. She is best known for her novel, The Man Who Loved Children, which was based on her childhood. Her novels were unpublished in Australia until 1965 and she was denied the Britannica-Australia award in 1967 on the grounds that she was no longer considered an Australian. In 1974, she won the Patrick White award. While living in the United States during the 1940s, she worked as a Hollywood scriptwriter and contributed to Madame Curie and They Were Expendable. She died on March 31, 1983.
Published October 23, 2012 by Open Road Media. 810 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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There's no subject so rich in ideas as money. . . a very pure thing in its way. . . people have such a delicate love for money,"" muses the clever wife of Aristide, one of its more unstable acolytes, in this revival of Ms. Stead's 1938 antediluvian novel of manipulative finance in the Paris of 1931.

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