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Virginia Woolf thought heaven was probably “one continuous unexhausted reading.” But even if your idea of heaven features life beyond the library, if you fancy an opportunity to chat about what you’ve been reading, Vienna Lit’s book group is a promising place to start. The English language reading group is open to everyone, taking on […]

Edmund de Waal speaks at Palais Epstein

Edmund de Waal speaks at Palais Epstein

Here I am in Vienna. I feel at home. This palais seems about the right size. It has certainly got the appropriate amount of gilding, and the marble seems familiar. I’m happy to see the caryatids and the mouldings and that the ceilings are lively with good painting. The view from the windows is grand […]

Book Review: Being Freud’s Double

Book Review: Being Freud’s Double

Father of the interior monologue, Arthur Schnitzler was also a pioneer in early writing for film A man leaves his hotel at 3:00, says to the porter: “Do not wake up the lady; I’ll be back in a few hours.” The porter, initially sleepy, becomes suspicious. He goes upstairs, knocks at the door. Complete silence. […]

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 […]

Carl Djerassi Opens “Buch Wien” Book Fair

Carl Djerassi Opens “Buch Wien” Book Fair

The International book fair Buch Wien 2012 officially opens its doors 21 Nov, kicking off four days of readings and workshops in bookstores and cultural institutions throughout Vienna. Playwright Carl Djerassi has the honour of reading the opening address, the man perhaps better known as the inventor of the birth-control pill. He was born in […]

The Fractured Art of William S. Burroughs

The Fractured Art of William S. Burroughs

Admired as a revolutionary thinker by generations from the ‘50s Beats to ‘60s Hippies, to ‘70s Punks to ‘80s No Wave hipsters, Burroughs is revered today as an underground icon, whose movements spanned five continents: He lounged around Singapore and Rangoon smoking opium in a canary yellow pongee silk suit; he ensconced himself at Café […]

Book Review: T. Coraghessan Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done

Book Review: T. Coraghessan Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done

A Smiling Prophet of Doom “Ask me anything you want”, laughs T. Coraghessan Boyle, one of America’s most eclectic and prolific writers, “your only difficulty is going to be to get me to stop talking.” We’re sitting at a white-painted round table in the shaded courtyard of the unpretentious boutique Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design […]

Literary Events: May 2012

Literary Events: May 2012

VIENNA LIT BOOK GROUP Fueled by light drinks and snacks from Bobby’s Foodstore, Vienna Lit’s monthly book group dissects contemporary literature in a friendly, relaxed environment. Past discussions have centred around works such as Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, David Lodge’s Author Author, and Ali Smith’s The Accidental. The current choice is Colum McCann’s novel […]

Austro-Turks: Young, Smart… and Thinking of Going Back

Austro-Turks: Young, Smart… and Thinking of Going Back

The picture of Inan Türkmen, a 24-year old with black hair and a stylish, short beard, has gone through virtually all Austrian newspapers. Passersby recognise him on the street. Overnight, the native Upper Austrian with Turkish heritage has become the face and voice of a generation of young Austro-Turks. “Young immigrants are underestimated,” writes Türkmen. […]

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