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A Portrait of Life After War

A Portrait of Life After War

You have heard about the terrible war in ex- Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999. You have read about it, maybe tried to understand it. You heard sad stories and saw shocking pictures. Maybe you’ve seen movies about it – like Angelina Jolie’s 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey that takes on the […]

Book Review: Upriver With Nick Thorpe

Book Review: Upriver With Nick Thorpe

“These are the stories of the people of the Danube, and their dark dreamy river,” announces Nick  Thorpe at the beginning of a work that oozes with love for one of the world’s great arteries and is brought to life by the eccentricities and warmth of the diverse people who live by its banks. […]

Book Review: The Passage to Europe

Book Review: The Passage to Europe

Luuk van Middelaar has produced a superb, eloquent study of the European Union that is essential reading for anyone endeavouring to fathom how the EU’s labyrinthine structures and convoluted politics have, despite all appearances, permitted it to develop into a positive force.  As an adviser and speechwriter to European Council President Herman van Rompuy as […]

Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

It has to be an event when a writer who is “arguably America’s greatest living novelist” (so says the dust jacket blurb) goes to great lengths to present a revered and particularly difficult Austrian author to an American reading public in a meticulously produced annotated dual-language edition.  The result is an unusual and unusually challenging […]

Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Reviewing edited collections of essays is notoriously difficult. In this case, it is especially challenging because Austria’s International Position after the End of the Cold War not only covers Austria’s foreign and security policy since 1990 but also tackles “Eastern Europe and the Balkans” “The Rise and Decline and Rise of Austria’s Far Right,” “Foreign […]

Literary Events: October 2013

VIENNA LIT BOOK GROUP This month, Vienna Lit’s book group reads The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. This is Woodrell’s first novel since the celebrated Winter’s Bone. All are welcome. Please also bring along the first page of a book that you’d like to read with the group for November – without disclosing the author’s […]

Book Review: Voices in Exile

Book Review: Voices in Exile

“By banning Jewish composers, Hitler’s Reich amputated an essential limb from the body of German cultural continuity,” writes Michael Haas in his groundbreaking book on Jewish musicians persecuted by the Third Reich, entitled Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, published by Yale University Press in April. The former producer of Decca’s ‘Entartete […]

Book Review: Between Avant-Garde and Mass-Market High Culture

Book Review: Between Avant-Garde and Mass-Market High Culture

How do foreigners think of Austria? Ask a German or an Italian – as the Federal Ministry of Economy did in 2005 – and the top two responses are “Mozart” and “Sissi & Franzl”, the icons of music and monarchy. In fact, nearly all the figures named in the study – Freud, Klimt, Schiele, Strauss […]

Book Review: Media Madness in New Croatia

Book Review: Media Madness in New Croatia

“What’s up?“ “A blockhead is driving me nuts. I recommended him as a correspondent in Iraq. He’s gone there, and now he’s not reporting.” “Oo, sounds unpleasant!” Markatovic said. Sitting in the newsroom in Zagreb, Toni is beside himself: He should have known better than to hire his misfit cousin as a fledgling correspondent to […]

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