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Elisabeth de Waal’s The Exiles Return depicts the heartbreak of postwar homecoming Elisabeth de Waal is a familiar name to readers of her grandson Edmund’s enthralling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, which recounts the fate of one of Europe’s preeminent prewar Jewish dynasties. Blessed with a cosseted childhood in a mansion on Vienna’s Ringstraße in the early years...
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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...
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In seeing the world in all its delicate beauty and overwhelming roughness, Christoph Ransmayr’s Atlas of an Anxious Man finds a language for mapping the intricacies of the human heart We travel to discover the world; we peer at places and people through the display of a smartphone – only most of the time, we fail to see. Author Christoph...
A chronicle of Hitler’s war in the Alpine borderlands As Europe’s map was redrawn at Potsdam in 1945, Austria was again separated from Germany, and the Alpine regions regained their pre-war borders. As much as Berlin, the Alps had been the heart of the Third Reich, argues Jim Ring in Storming the Eagle’s Nest: Hitler’s War in the Alps –...
Traveler, soldier, linguist, scholar, bon vivant, grand flaneur, Patrick Leigh Fermor was one of the greatest travel writers of the 20th century. Artemis Cooper recounts his peripatetic life with great affection and humor in Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure.  Today “Paddy” Fermor is best known for walking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in 1933-35, which he chronicled in...
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Barry G. Gale brings high-brow rigor to a low-brow subject in Love in Vienna: The Sigmund Freud - Minna Bernays Affair As Barry G. Gale admits in a vital passage in Love in Vienna, “Affairs by their very nature are secretive, so it is not always easy to find evidence that they occurred.” He goes on to say that this...
On 300 dense pages the Scottish political economist Mark Blyth delivers a ringing battle cry to change course – or else. With the economy back on a growth trajectory and unemployment beginning to fall across the euro zone, politicians and economists rejoice that their harsh austerity measures have worked. Political economist Mark Blyth begs to differ. In his book Austerity –...
Elizabeth Greenwood
Enjoy the true stories in Elizabeth Greenwood’s Playing Dead, but don’t expect deep insights It all began with a conversation about student loans. Like many recent graduates, American author Elizabeth Greenwood was wondering how to get herself out of debt. She considered options both fanciful (get rich through giving inspiring TedTalks) and desperate (run off to Belize). Then a colleague...
Anna Porter’s The Ghosts of Europe shows different paths to transition and the continuing identity crisis Nearly three decades after the “velvet” revolutions of 1989, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) continue to have difficulty living up to the democratic standards set by Western Europe during the Cold War. Throughout the Iron Curtain years between 1947 and 1989,...
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