First day of sale: 28.01.2021
TAGE MIT GATSBY/
DAYS WITH GATSBY
A Novel, ca. 380 pages
A magnificent novel about Zelda and
F. Scott Fitzgerald – one of the most dazzling couples of the Golden Twenties
Atmospheric and deeply moving
A woman fights to emerge from the shadow of her famous husband
A ménage-à-trois involving Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald – and the story behind one of the greatest novels of all time
May 1924: Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald decide to move to Europe for a year. By Scott’s side, Zelda – once the young rebel from Alabama – has become the glamorous life and soul of every party. The 24-year-old’s lust for life is irrepressible. But while they are living in the south of France, with Scott working on The Great Gatsby (the novel that will pay off their debts and bring him the international fame he craves), Zelda starts to get bored. She’s not the centre of high society here; not even her own husband is particularly interested in her. And for the first time in a long time, Zelda starts to think about her own artistic self-fulfilment. Zelda, who loves Scott more than anything in the world, gradually realises that he is exploiting her literary talent for his own texts and hampering her own writing ambitions. Overwhelmed by her role as a young mother and disappointed in her marriage, Zelda throws herself into the ‘summer of a thousand parties’ – and begins a liaison with the pilot Edouard Jozan. This ménage-à-trois plunges the Fitzgeralds into a bitter marital crisis. At the same time, however, Zelda’s volatility fuels Scott’s creativity, and he openly draws on their life together as material for his century-defining novel about lost illusions and great love.
Joséphine Nicolas was born in northern Germany and holds several arts and culture degrees with a focus on the 20th century. She travels to Provence regularly for work. The author has a penchant for the Roaring Twenties. The Great Gatsby is one of her favourite novels and inspired her to research the myth of the Fitzgeralds. Nicolas developed her fascination with Zelda through reading not only her love letters to Scott but also her short stories, which reflect Zelda’s multifaceted personality and which for a long time went unpublished. Tage mit Gatsby is Joséphine Nicolas’ first novel.