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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 […]

Book Review: The Tale of Jozef Tiso: Priest, Politician, Collaborator

Book Review: The Tale of Jozef Tiso: Priest, Politician, Collaborator

While the tumultuous years from 1914-1945 are surely the most researched, and written-about in modern history, the story of the priest-turned-president Jozef Tiso and the fascist Slovak Republic he presided over has been inaccessible to the Anglophone world. But no longer. With the publication of James Mace Ward’s Priest, Politician, Collaborator: Jozef Tiso and the […]

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

For as long as history has been recorded, those writing it down have sought lofty justifications and simplified reasons behind tragic events. That is certainly the case with World War I—an affair that on the eve of its hundredth anniversary, has already inspired some 25,000 books, all striving to explain an event that quite literally […]

Book Review: Polish Patriot, Soldier, Spy

Book Review: Polish Patriot, Soldier, Spy

“In the Underground, it became a rule not to live in one place too long,” writes Jan Karski, in his memoir of the Polish resistance. Agents moved quickly from site to site in Nazi-occupied Europe. In Warsaw, they were beaten but fighting on, navigating borders while carrying messages to an outside world that wasn’t ready […]

Literary Events: June 2013

POETRY SLAM With MC Diana Köhle, this is the last poetry slam from Slam B before summer break. Up to 12 slammers compete for audience approval and prizes. Space is limited, so come early.   14 Jun., 20:00 Literaturhaus Wien 7., Zieglergasse 26a www.slamb.at     BOOK SALE The Christ Church Vienna organises a large-scale […]

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