Vienna Eva Menasse

ISBN: 9780297851301

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432 pages


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Vienna  by  Eva Menasse

Vienna by Eva Menasse
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Vienna is an acclaimed saga covering three generations of a partly-Jewish Viennese family. Although it progresses from the female narrators fathers birth to the end of his life, there is constant movement backwards and forwards in time, while eachMoreVienna is an acclaimed saga covering three generations of a partly-Jewish Viennese family.

Although it progresses from the female narrators fathers birth to the end of his life, there is constant movement backwards and forwards in time, while each chapter tends to concentrate on one particular family member or group. Grandfather married out, to the sandy-haired beauty Frieda, and his sister Gustl married nice-but-dim Dolly Konigsberger, the non-Jewish bank manager beloved for his malapropisms.

Aunt Gustls only son Nandl is in trouble with the police yet again for fraud. In wartime the narrators father settles in England - near Luton, in fact - with his foster parents Tom and Annie, and develops a talent for football. His brother, only just young enough to qualify for the Kindertransport on which they arrived, is interned on the Isle of Man but later joins the army and fights in Burma.

Their sister, beautiful blonde Katzi, will go to Canada and die of TB aged 21. After 1945, the action returns to post-war Vienna. The footballing father will become an Austrian international - the uncle goes into the import/export business and does well until he wastes his talents. novel of family life in Austria and England. There are delightful vignettes of Vienna with its coffee-houses, bridge parties and tennis clubs- and vivid descriptions of wartime and post-war England. Vienna is arguably the most entertaining German novel since Das Parfum.



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