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Monday, October 22, 2018
pale rider
Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider is a portrait of the life and science of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Did you get your flu shot this year? Statistics say you probably didn’t. To most of us, the flu is nothing more than a few days off work with a fever. Although headlines about bird flu or swine flu briefly create...
book review paul lendvai orban
Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister. In politics, symbols matter. So it was on Heroes’ Square in Budapest that some 250,000 people gathered on June 6, 1989, for the “monumental” funeral service in honor of Imre Nagy, prime minister of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, and four others, all executed after a secret trial 31...
whole life
Andreas Egger lives a life bordering on the vegetative, both figuratively and literally: His dwelling is high above the valley, at the tree line; and his days are mostly passed in wordless labor. Unlike Seethaler’s earlier heroes of marginalized life – each of whom had his own Grand Tour – the protagonist of A Whole Life almost never leaves the...
Irony Perloff
The 1920s in Vienna was a time of despair and confusion in a world of lost empire, political upheaval and the trauma of war. Despite the progressive politics for the working class, cultural critic Marjorie Perloff reads the era as a time of crisis, of a disoriented national identity and a foreshadowing of the war to come. Faced with an...
review twilight of empire
Debunking myths of the murder-suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and his lover You know the story – or, you think you know it. With the scenery collapsing around the Austro-Hungarian Empire, two lovers – Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress, Mary Vetsera – take their own lives at a remote hunting lodge deep in the Vienna Woods on a midwinter...
late fame
Arthur Schnitzler’s forgotten novella is released in English, in a stylish translation by Alexander Starritt Arthur Schnitzler’s beguiling novella Late Fame is as much about the vanity of youth as the foolishness of old age. When the unfulfilled poet Eduard Saxberger falls in with a group of young artists, they sing the praises of Wanderings, his long-forgotten collection of verse. He...
weird vienna
The city likes to claim “Vienna is different.” Now Harald Havas’ new book Weird Vienna proves it Devotees of American pop culture will surely have noticed that Vienna is not big on drive-in movie theaters. In fact, the only Austrian establishment of this kind that managed to gain some traction is in the suburb of Groß-Enzersdorf, on the city’s edge....
book review vienna charles brackett billy wilde
The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Billy Wilder In his first entry on June 7, 1932 Charles Brackett describes his decision to start keeping a diary on a “not particularly significant day” – while unemployment just hit 23.6 per cent and America is lurching off the...
book review janek wassermann vienna
Janek Wasserman takes a closer look at conservative discontent in Red Vienna during the interwar period It is the victors who write the history, Winston Churchill once said. In his case, of course, he wrote it himself, in six legendary volumes that established the importance of Britain’s role in winning World War II. And while certainly selective, even prejudicial, it...
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