"In this memoir, Sybille Bedford takes us on an epic personal journey from World War I Berlin via the writers' and artists' bohemia of the Cote d'Azur in the 1920s, to post-World War II London, New York, Paris, and Rome." "Following no maxim but the need for a place and a space to write, Sybille Bedford's life has been that of the free-spirited, committed artist: precarious, passionate, and frequently impoverished. At the same time it has been a life richly lived: full of incident, impetuousness, danger, fun, friends, lovers, mentors, art, and writing." "Whether evoking the simple joys of a slow dinner with friends under the open sky or tracing the heart-rending outline of an intimate betrayal, recalling a madcap twenty-four-hour dash from northern France to Rome, or remembering a languorous summer on Capri, Sybille Bedford offers us a reflection on how history imprints itself on private lives."--BOOK JACKET.