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Opening Pandora’s Dirty Picture Box

Opening Pandora’s Dirty Picture Box

The thesaurus says a synonym for “sex” is “intimacy”, but very few of the photos in Pandora’s Dirty Picture Box were intimate. They were loud fantasies and not-so-subtle innuendo, showing plenty of skin, leather and ropes. This was not about sex, it was about arousal – being sexy, not having sex. Approaching the entrance of […]

Book Review: The Taste of Apple Seeds

Book Review: The Taste of Apple Seeds

Through an enchanted garden, up irregular staircases, into trunks of vintage gowns, a young woman explores memories of her absent family. Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple Seeds (trans. 2013) is as unapologetically romantic as its title. Yet the premise – a grandchild inherits the family house and history – makes it one, along with […]

Literary Events: Feb. 2013

Literary Events: Feb. 2013

WRITING CLASSES AT LETA A language school based in Vienna, Learn English Through Action (LETA) offers a variety of writing workshops, classes and camps for young people and adults. 14., Gyrowetzgasse 1/4 To register: info@leta.co.at www.leta.co.at Creative Writing Workshop A weekend in a relaxed environment that aims at improving your written English and helps you […]

Book Review: Schwarzenegger’s New Autobiography Total Recall

Book Review: Schwarzenegger’s New Autobiography Total Recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography is a big book in every sense of the word. It is voluminous, covering the life story of a larger-than-life global “action hero”. Written with Peter Petre, former executive editor of Fortune Magazine who also co-authored the autobiographies of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and General Norman Schwarzkopf, it tries to keep […]

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

The Fairy-Tale Life of Mad King Ludwig The Swan King is Christopher McIntosh’s revised biography of the eccentric Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-86), dubbed by poet Paul Verlaine as “the only true king of his century”. Acceding to the throne in 1864 at the age of 18, he made a brief, conscientious effort to learn […]

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Author and former dissident Jan Trefulka died 22 Nov. at the age of 83 in his native Brno. The writer was known as a member of the underground intellectual community opposing the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. A writer of short stories, prose and literary criticism, Trefulka was also a journalist, and editor-in-chief of  the Moravian […]

Book Review: Petr Král’s In Search of the Essence of Place

Book Review: Petr Král’s In Search of the Essence of Place

Secret Places, Eternal Meaning In 1968, as the Prague Spring unravelled under Soviet guns, Petr Král fled Czechoslovakia for Paris. There, he joined the Surrealist movement founded by André Breton and began to master the language of his adopted city. French became his new literary vehicle, and is the language of his most intensely personal […]

“Young Austria” Exhibition Opens at Austria Trade Union Federation

“Young Austria” Exhibition Opens at Austria Trade Union Federation

The “Young Austria” exhibition opens on 5 Dec. at 18:00 with a vernissage at the ÖGB-Zentrale, headquarters of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, featuring a short performance of the Erstes Wiener Lesetheater. Organised by Sonja Frank, chair of Verein Kunstplatzl, the exhibition documents the youth organisation of Austrian émigrés in the UK during the World War […]

Literary Events: Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

Literary Events: Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

ADVENT LESUNGEN Celebrating every day of the Advent with theatre and literature, der Junge Burg invites to readings by actors of the Burgtheater, at times cheerful, at times tranquil. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and more. In German. 1-23 Dec., various times Burgtheater, Blaues Foyer 1., Universitätsring 2 jungeburg.burgtheater.at, […]

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