Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Paul Hofmann, a native Viennese, brings this enchanted land of contradictions to life, covering two thousand years of Viennese personalities, politics and culture. 46 black-and-white photos. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: In The Viennese, Paul Hofmann presents the biography of a very old city through its many incarnations. The book spans the two thousand-some years from Vienna's beginnings as a Roman camp to Kurt Waldheim's presidency in the 1980s. In tracing the history of Vienna and, at times, the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire in relation to its capital city, Hofmann focuses on the city's residents. He seeks throughout to elucidate the nature and character specific to the Viennese and, while their city has changed overtime, he finds a continuity in the temperament of the people. Hofmann describes a cultivated populace that takes pride in its city's cultural heritage, but that also overindulges in self-pity. He presents a dualistic picture of an inconsistent mentalité -- the same Viennese who like their desserts laden mit Schlag (with whipped cream) and their self-image tempered with Schmäh*, also boast an exceedingly high rate of suicide. In fact, as an expatriate Viennese, Hofmann's depiction of his people portrays the very same polarity of emotion of which he accuses the Viennese. And justly so. This same city that nourished the creative output of Beethoven, Klimt and Freud, embraced the destructive fervor of Nazi anti-Semitism with disturbing alacrity. If the city itself has spawned such a wide and conflicting array of human experience, reactions to those experiences must vary as widely, and seem sometimes as inconsistent.
From Library Journal:
Hofmann, a former New York Times bureau chief in Rome, has written a penetrating, engaging, vivid cultural history of his native Vienna, covering 2000 years and focusing mainly on the fame, foibles, and fortunes of its cultural elitein music, art, and literature, architecture and psychology. Hofmann limns the ambivalent tone of Viennese high society, with its gaiety and extraordinary talent, punctuated by depression, decadence, and intrigue. His book evocatively captures the neurotic soul of a city which repeatedly produced human genius and yet was so enthusiastically won over to Nazism. Illuminating; heartily recommended for students of European history and culture. Benny Kraut, Univ . of Cincinnati
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