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Hungary: Still Struggling Over Values

Hungary: Still Struggling Over Values

All is not well in the state of Hungary: Anti-Semitism, paramilitary actions against Roma and Sinti, censorship of inconvenient artists and writers, a heavily disputed media law – Austria’s neighbour and important trading partner is facing heavy criticism under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (Fidesz). At their embassy in Vienna, Peter Györkos, Hungary’s ambassador to the […]

Book Review: Our Famous Guest, by Carl Dolmetsch

Vienna’s Love Affair With Mark Twain The chandeliers grew dim and the murmur of the crowd dulled to quiet whispers at the Presseclub Concordia on Apr. 21. It was the 100th anniversary of Samuel Clemens’ death, the man better known as Mark Twain, who had come to Vienna in 1897, coincidentally the same year as […]

Mark Twain in Wien – Now in Bronze

On Apr. 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, alias Mark Twain, died of a heart attack in Redding Connecticut.  The year before, Twain was quoted as saying: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” It would be “the greatest disappointment” of […]

Twain in Vienna

Twain in Vienna

When the Wollmans ripped open the walled-off fireplace in the living room of their apartment in Vienna’s 8th District, they were surprised to find a stash of old bank notes, account books, diaries and photographs hidden inside, preserved for many years in the dry space. Among other personal papers, Jörg Wollman came across what looked […]

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