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Vienna by Eva Menasse
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Vienna (2005)

by Eva Menasse

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"From the very beginning - the birth of the narrator's father in the middle of a bridge party - the reader is plunged headlong into the world of Vienna, a novel crowded with voices, characters, tragedy and joy." "The disintegration of history and identity in the twentieth century is seen through the adventures of one family - half-Jewish Viennese, split apart by the Nazi invasion and sent out into the world. Dispensing with linear narrative, the story loops forwards and back to follow each member on their winding course. Their experiences encompass fraudsters, footballers, fools and fur coats as the narrative moves from Austria to London, from Canada to the battlefields of Burma." "This is a landmark European novel of impressive reach and power whose readership will spread as widely as the family whose story it tells. It introduces in Eva Menasse an intimate chronicler of human experience and an unashamedly gleeful storyteller. Her cast of characters and unexpected events shows us imperceptibly the formation and disintegration of family history and identity."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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Vienna is Austrian author Eva Menasse‘s first novel.

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Vienna tells the story of a Viennese (half-) Jewish family from the beginning of the 20th century to today. It does so through various anecdotes. The book focusses mostly on the father and the grandfather of the family, chronicling their way through the second world war and how they build their life up again afterwards.

I liked Vienna. It’s well written, with a great sense of humour and it’s so perfectly Viennese, it was a joy to read.

Read more about it at my blog: http://kalafudra.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/vienna-eva-menasse/ ( )
  kalafudra | May 3, 2010 |
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