"Born in Charlottenburg in Germany on 16 March 1911, Sybille von Schoenebeck, after an unusual and insecure childhood, a hectic education and a bohemian youth, found her true voice and became an English writer under the name of Sybille Bedford.
Her complex life and changing habitats, the troubled and tragic times she lived through, and the feeling she had of being a survivor gave her a strong awareness of the hazards of fate.
Her endless curiosity about the world, her compassion for her fellow human beings, her bright original views, her wit, her insight, her elegance of spirit and style make of her an irreplaceable witness of the twentieth century and give her writing a distinctive quality.
Novelist, biographer, essayist and journalist, she was elected a Companion of Literature in 1994 and died in London on 17 February 2006."
The great polyglot writer, Sybille Bedford, was a mid-20th-century fanboy of court trials. This chapter from her underrated 1961 book The Faces of Justice recalls the drama of court proceedings in Munich, Germany.