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Unloading Austrian Air

Austrian Airlines, Austria’s flagship carrier, is set for a crash landing. Failed management and a bungled attempt to sell the airline – and now the financial crisis – threaten to undo the anticipated sale of the company to German carrier Lufthansa. The closing is seen as a last-ditch attempt to recoup at least some of […]

Unheard, Unseen & Unread

Unheard, Unseen & Unread

Paul Macey has no patience for all the excuses, all the longwinded, contorted explanations as to why there are so few journalists with a migrant background in the mainstream media. In Britain, his voice of conscience is heard as a steady prod to the powers that be, and things are beginning to change. “It’s about […]

Tschuschen:Power?

Tschuschen:Power?

An Austrian teenager, Xaver, in a yellow polo shirt sits silently with his mother at the table eating lunch. Xaver finishes his drink, points to the pitcher of juice and asks his mother: “Can I?” The blond woman in her forties looks up from her plate and says nothing, then wordlessly puts another forkful of […]

Dana Rufolo

A bulb in my head lights up – spots an array of interlocking issues, as I see the invitation to hear Dana Rufolo read from her “Collection of Short Stories on Immigration and Integration”: literary-artistic practice, cultural identity and public space. So on Apr. 2 there I am at Shakespeare & Company Booksellers to hear […]

Thai Cinema Made New

Thai Cinema Made New

As I write, a flood of international news pours in about the wounded and deaths from the Thai protests on the streets around the Government House in Bangkok. Anxious and disheartened, my mind flashes back to a quiet dinner in Vienna over Pasta mit Meeresfrüchten with award-winning filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who spontaneously decided we meet […]

Book Review: John Mateer’s Ex-White

Book Review: John Mateer’s Ex-White

Poetry on a Split Screen When poet John Mateer visited Budapest soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, it seemed oddly familiar: the habits of concealment, the pretense, the schizophrenia of a double life, that so reminded him of the South Africa where he had grown up. “There were things that were there that […]

Book Review: Still Alive, by Ruth Klüger

Book Review: Still Alive, by Ruth Klüger

The Loss of Optimism An author of candor and consequence like Ruth Klüger deserves a revisit in the pages of The Vienna Review: The Austrian-born Holocaust survivor had returned to Vienna nearly half a year after TVR’s coverage of the Ein Stadt, Ein Buch celebration, where she and her book Weiter Leben were the guests of […]

Book Review: A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid

Book Review: A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid

A Taste of Scottish Mystery Two cold cases resurfaced at the same time, and it’s up to Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie and journalist Bel Richmond to get to the bottom of them… Scottish crime writer Val McDermid’s eyes light up as she dives into the narrative, a winding storyline and thickening plot that quickly […]

Literary Events: May 2009

BOOK READING BY CONSOLO Vincenzo Consolo will be reading from his book Lo spasimo di Palermo (Palermo, the Pain.) In German and Italian. In this third part of his trilogy, Consolo analyzes the decline of political values in post WWII Italy, the antagonistic craze after 1968, as well as the mafia power between Palermo and […]

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