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  • A tremendous feat of scholarship but also a technical masterpiece, knitting together the four men's love lives, money troubles, ontological anxieties and the wider ferment of the Weimar republic with uncommon dexterity

    Oliver Moody, The Times
  • Splendid, highly entertaining, attentive

    Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times
  • Magnificent, elegantly composed and beautifully narrated

    David Motadel, The Times Literary Supplement
  • Eilenberger's survey of high thoughts and low politics among German-language philosophers of the 1920s is a salutary tale for today, not just a gripping panorama of century-old dreams and feuds

  • Accessible and deeply human ... He draws these four intellectual magi out of the shadows of their writings

    John Kaag, The New York Times
  • Like any great story, Eilenberger's is not made up, but retrieved. Events have a way of narrating themselves when they encounter a gifted storyteller

    Costica Bradatan, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • A book of riches - full of stories as well as ideas, all brought together with a fine light touch

    Sarah Bakewell

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