I liked this notion that centuries, as much as individuals, can be greatly affected by apparently insignificant coincidences, or even just incidences.

This is a 19th century-spanning history of a Hungarian aristocratic family swept up in the turbulences of the Austro-Hungarian empire, as seen through the lives of twin brothers. Starting with the Congress of Vienna in 1815 (with the historical Metternich being godfather to the fictional first-born), and ending on the eve of the First World War.

‘A single century, carrying the life of the whole of mankind, is like the life of a single man, affected by the slightest coincidence.’

 

Source: Lajos Zilahy, Century in Scarlet (London: Prion, 2001), p. 374

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