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Monday, January 22, 2018
On Tyranny
Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny is a call to action, demystifying the assaults on contemporary democracy through the lessons of history.Putin, Orbán, Brexit, Trump: Recent world events have made many feel helpless, confused, despondent. An answer: Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Concise, clear, and solidly fact based, it distills years of top-level scholarship covering the century’s...
holy roman empire
Peter H. Wilson asks us to reimagine the premodern world in The Holy Roman Empire It was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire – or so we learned in school. Voltaire’s deprecating but irresistible quip was aimed with scornful élan at what we today term a failed state. Its sentiment, shared by Hegel and James Madison, rests upon the...
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud.Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
the revenge of analog
The desire for real things in real time lies deep in the human psyche argues David Sax in The Revenge of Analog.Evenings, after supper, my father loved to listen to music. Gently removing a record from the sleeve, he would place it on the turntable and, equally as tenderly, place the needle carefully in the groove.  I would wait,...
The Vanquished
In The Vanquished, Robert Gerwarth attempts a more nuanced look at WW1 and why the carnage didn’t end in 1918.On September 11, 1919, Gabriele D’Annunzio, one of the most brilliant Italian poets of his day and a decorated war hero, drove to Fiume in a bright red Fiat. Leading an army of 2,000 irregulars, formed ad hoc, he set...
Idyll with Drowning Dog and Madalyn
Austrian Michael Köhlmeier’s reinvention of the novel with Idyll with Drowning Dog and MadalynMichael Köhlmeier is a man of his times. One of the most respected writers of his generation in Austria, Köhlmeier is a novelist who has also played important public roles – as moderator of the leading news round table “Club 2” on ORF national television, and...
Europe Since 1989
How neoliberalism changed Central Europe in Europe Since 1989After the fall of Communism, “privatization” was the word of the day, and it seemed all of Central Europe was up for sale. In telecommunications, Deutsche Telekom invested in Hungary and Siemens in Poland; in automotive, Volkswagen took over the Czech firm Škoda, building, retooling plants near Prague and Bratislava.Five years...
When you ask for a list of books set in Vienna, Graham Green's The Third Man will likely be the first one people suggest. Granted, Green's screenplay, and subsequent film, remain essential to cinema history, The Third Man doesn't officially qualify as a novel (it's officially considered a novella.) But, don't despair, there's a lengthy list of novels that...
Peter Vergo’s re-issued "Art in Vienna, 1898-1918," recounts the fitful birth of the ModernIn conservative Vienna of the 1890s, culture had ossified, while the world around it was being reinvented through industry and scientific progress.  The writer Hermann Bahr, a driving force of Jung Wien (Young Vienna), argued that life in Vienna had been “transformed down to its very...
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