The Society of The Crossed Keys by Stefan Zweig (2014)
You should read this if you watched and loved The Grand Budapest Hotel 💕I had some Stefan Zweig books before seeing the film and tried to get into them but found them difficult. This book sort of eases you into it. It includes Zweig's memoir (the most beautiful, dream like and heartbreaking prose I've ever read) an excerpt from one story and another full short story - all 3 which were the inspiration for the film. The introduction to it all is a conversation between Wes Anderson and Zweig's biographer which is insightful to the relationship between the author and the film.
You shouldn't read this if you're expecting a novelisation to the film. Anderson took Zweig's dreamy narration, some visual imagery, hints of a few characters and that's pretty much it.
Favourite Quote: "Formerly a man had only a body and a soul. Now he needs a passport as well for without it he will not be treated as a human being."