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Nicholas Parsons: Too Nice to the Austrians

Sometimes the truth about national character is easier for a foreigner to see than a local.  It was with this in mind that, years ago, I put some hours of careful study into a little book called the Xenophobes Guide to the Austrians, by one Louis James, part of an engaging series of revelatory tomes […]

Nicholas T. Parsons’ Literary Vienna

Nicholas T. Parsons’ Literary Vienna

It wasn’t quite freezing in the oldest neighborhood of this ancient city as I stepped inside Shakespeare & Company Booksellers, tucked into a back street behind the medieval Ruprechts Church near Schwedenplatz. Arriving at the venerable bookstore without a second to spare, I gave the heavy door a good pull – it clattered loudly against […]

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