New books in English and German

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We have added great new books to our holdings in the past weeks. I have picked a few of them for you to discover:

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The Bone Man by Wolf Haas

At a wildly popular chicken shack in the Austrian countryside, where snooty Viennese gourmands go to indulge their secret passion for fried chicken, a gruesome discovery is made in the pile of chicken bones waiting to be fed into the basement grinder: human bones. Continue reading

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Joseph Roth –letters and manuscripts

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rothI recently discovered that our friends at the Leo Baeck Institute, a research library devoted to the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, have a lot of archival material about Austrian author Joseph Roth. Their collection includes hand-written letters and manuscripts – all of them available online –  which really helped to propel my fascination with this author a step further. While every once in a while a book can move me to tears, his novel Job, the story about the Jewish-orthodox Bible teacher Mendel Singer and his faith in God being put to a test, was particularly good at it. Continue reading

Back to school – German language classes

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hausfestI know that many of our library patrons read and speak excellent German, but I also know from conversations with you that you’d like to refresh your German, which you may have studied a while back. The Austrian Cultural Forum New York does not offer language classes, but our friends at Deutsches Haus at New York University offer German classes on all levels. They even offer a specific “Reading Knowledge” course designed for students who would like to focus on reading and translating German texts. Continue reading

Martin Pollack – so much more than just historical facts

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History with its facts and numbers can sometimes be a little abstract, but add the human element – a name and a story – and it can come alive, as Austrian writer and historian Martin Pollack demonstrates with these three great books:

The first book by Martin Pollack I came across was actually his most recent publication. In “Kaiser von Amerika – Die große Flucht aus Galizien” (Emperor of America – The big escape from Galicia) Pollack describes what it meant for emigrants to leave everything behind in Eastern Europe (the book is about the historical region Galicia in Central Europe, between today’s Poland and Ukraine) in the late 19th and early 20th century, in search of a better future in a new land: the promising United States of America. Continue reading

Austria Kiosk, a digital newsstand

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I have mentioned in a past post (“Practice your German by reading Austrian magazines”) that we have a nice selection of magazines you can peruse here at the Austrian Cultural Forum Library, mainly in the fields of art, photography, music and literature. But what if you would like to read your magazines at home, on an electronic device? Continue reading

Library Summer Hours and Summer Reads

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Please note that our Library opening hours will be reduced for the summer months of July and August. The library will be open Monday through Friday, from 10AM to 5PM. Regular hours (extended to 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays) will resume in September. The library will be closed on July 4th, August 15th, and September 2nd.

Still looking for a great book to read while on vacation?
I have a few suggestions for you. Continue reading

Elfriede Jelinek’s play “Her Not All Her – on/with Robert Walser”

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Don’t miss the U.S.- book launch of the new English translation of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s play Her Not All Her- on/with Robert Walser [in the original: er nicht als er- zu/mit Robert Walser] on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The award-winning translation by Damion Searls was recently published in the Cahier series by Sylph Editions in collaboration with the American University of Paris. Continue reading

Barbara Frischmuth at PEN World Voices of International Literature Festival

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We are very excited about the participation of Austrian writer Barbara Frischmuth at the upcoming PEN-Festival next week. Taking place every year since 2004, this major festival has established its place in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, with the help of the world’s most compelling writers.

Barbara Frischmuth studied Turkish, Hungarian, and Middle Eastern studies. She works as a writer, translator, and columnist and has won numerous prizes for her work, which besides adult fiction also includes children’s books and nonfiction. Continue reading