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Knowhow Trading Post / 1920's Culture, Meet Europe
« on: February 04, 2007, 05:10:34 am »
Fresh blood here, nosing around and learning HTML. I don't mean to put anyone out, asking for help before I've been around thirty minutes, but I noticed that this site seemed to have some active writers and readers on it, and it didn't seem that asking would hurt.

Am currently working on a larger project  that will be set on the Franco-German border, circa 1925. I'm at particular pains to make my setting vivid. Right now I'm in the research and development stages, so I'm looking for novels, movies, plays, and artists --heck, newspaper articles and fashion rags would be wonderful, too-- from which to take some inspiriation.

I've visited antique fashion sites, looked into the silent movies, dragged up maps of the city for review, cruised Lonely Planet's article on Strasbourg. 'The reprecussions of war' is one of my putative themes, so I'm looking in particular for European and French perspectives on the reconstruction that followed the war. Other potential focuses include the conflict between Socialism and monarchy, and the varied definitions of patriotism and loyalty.

I'll be reading All's Quiet on the Western Front for certain, possibly A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises as well. Goethe's Faust is another intended stop --although not synchronous, it's about damnation, and that's an inevitable theme in this setting. I'm sure there are worlds of fiction that I'm missing, though. Not to mention some great movies and music.

Anyone have recommendations? They'd be much appreciated.


Coff. I should mention it's a roleplaying game, I suppose.

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