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Hotel Splendide
  • ISBN: 9781782277910
  • Pages: 192
  • Illustrations: Line drawings by the author
  • Publisher: Pushkin
  • Binding: Paperback

Hotel Splendide

Ludwig Bemelmans

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Ludwig Bemelmans uncovers the fabulous world of Hotel Splendide, the luxury New York hotel where he worked as a waiter.

With affection and barbed wit, Ludwig Bemelmans records the everyday chaos that reigns behind the façades of the gilded dining-room and banquet halls. He sketches the hierarchy of hotel life and its fascinating inhabitants: from the ruthlessly authoritarian maître d’hôtel Monsieur Victor to the kindly waiter Mespoulets and Frizl the homesick busboy. Bemelmans’s tales of a bygone era are illustrated with his own charming line drawings.

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