The Strudlhof Steps, by Heimito von Doderer

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Not for the faint of heart, this winding novel of picturesque tableaux mirrors the intricacy and sumptuous beauty of its eponymous Viennese landmark, Exploring Intellect, ennui, passion, wealth, and introspection among a wide cast of early 20th-century figures including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, von Doderer dives into a hotbed of artistic and scientific development that rivaled that of Paris--another capital of culture bearing the heritage of its glorious imperial past while embracing the excitement and dizzying changes of modernity--and exposes Vienna as a neurotic metropolis Against this ferment, the narrative follows a group of friends as they confront the challenges of adulthood and reflect on their youthful adventures, especially the tangle of loves and family allegiances that drew them together years ago on the Strudlhof Steps.

 

 

The Strudlhof Steps: The Depth of the Years By Heimito von Doderer, Vincent Kling (Translated by), Daniel Kehlmann (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Heimito von Doderer, Vincent Kling (Translated by), Daniel Kehlmann (Afterword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781681375274
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 14th, 2021