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Book Review: Myths of Mayerling

For many Austrians, the unsolved mystery of the death of the Crown Prince Rudolf carries enduring fascination and romance Every country has its myths. More than 100 years passed since the final night of the Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling, but for many Austrians, the unsolved mystery carries an enduring fascination and an undying sense […]

Aging: A Question of Policy

Europeans are getting older – and fast. By 2060, almost three times as many people will be over 80 years of age, according to Eurostat, the agency that analyzes and provides statistical information on the European Union. It’s not because the population is shrinking: the EU census figures will continue to grow from 495 million […]

Austrian Citizenships Decrease

Naturalizations declined sharply in 2010, falling more than 20%, or 1,800 over the previous year. Some 6,190 people acquired Austrian citizenship last year over 2009, according to Statistik Austia, with a total of 7,990 new citizens. Since 2003, the number of naturalizations has steadily decreased from 45,112 in 2003 to only 6,190 in 2010 or […]

Book Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

Istanbul: Between West and East In his foreword to Ara Güler’s Istanbul, the 2009 retrospective of the great Turkish photographer, author and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk pays a distinct tribute to Güler’s richly textured black-and-white images by acknowledging how “through these photographs, I learned to look at Istanbul and recognize its essence.” Pamuk encountered the […]

Austrian Efficiency? True! It’s a Miracle!

There is a word in Austrian German that seems to perfectly sum up the efficiency of your average bureaucrat: Amtsschimmel, a wondrous reference to the layer of mold-like dust collecting on government records. Or maybe, say others, the word derived from “simile” and the endless repetitive use of packaged phrases. Either way, the meaning is […]

Literary Events: Mar., 2011

Exhibition as Drama: How the Museum Developed Out of Theater Book presentation and podium discussion. Exhibitions are one of the most successful forms of media in the world today. But what exactly is an exhibition? Werner Hanak-Lettner, Curator at the Jewish Museum Vienna, analyzes the importance of exhibition as a form of media and its interconnections with […]

Thomas Bernhard, Literary Prize Fighter

As we watch Mario Vargas Llosa step up to accept his Nobel gold from King Carl Gustaf in this season of literary awards, and a handful of fortunate National Book Award winners pocket their $10,000 checks after a fancy ceremony in Manhattan, we should reflect anew on the most honest way to assess such rituals. […]

Book Review: A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

The Boy Soldier The following review accompanies a report of Ishmael Beah’s visit to Vienna, found here. A memoir of a child soldier in Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, will take you on a journey through suffering and survival, an endless struggle against the seemingly impossible, a miraculous delivery. In telling his […]

Bombs, Books & Bank Statements

Bombs, Books & Bank Statements

The following accompanies a review of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, which can also be found in the Mar. 2011 TVR. On Feb. 2, Ishmael Beah sat down between two panelists at the Military History Museum, a big smile stretching from ear to ear. Beah is a survivor. A former child […]

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