Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010

The Vienna Review welcomes letters from its readers.

To the Editor,

Many thanks for your wonderful and lucid article on Edvard Munch, about whom I knew so little before. It gave me fascinating insight into how and why the exhibition was put together and why I should go to see it – which I am looking forward to doing in the coming days.

Steve Jones


To the Editor

As infrequent but enthusiastic visitors to noble Vienna, my girlfriend and I usually find Vienna Review to be a most useful and dependable guide to the cultural life of the Austrian capital.

Imagine our disappointment this weekend, when having picked up a copy of your fine paper at Café Sperl, we were informed by Mr. David Warren (“Gatecrasher”, 01/11/2009) that “At the Viennale, … one of Vienna’s cultural Meccas, … the majority of people seemed clueless when … told … how Josef von Hovarth (who?!) used to sit around at social events (actually Vienna coffee houses), chuckling to himself, as he got material for his next play.”

Surely, he meant Ödön von Horváth, a world-famous Austrian playwright of Hungarian extraction. Our dismay at this bloomer quickly turned to shared mirth as we realised how much the unintended par excellence exposé, the hilarious self-disclosure or betrayal of that sentence would have appealed to Ödön von Horváth himself. Truly, it is fit for the pen of the Master. We chuckled all day and into the night.

Peter Sikuta
Budapest, Hungary 

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