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Austrian Identities: Twentieth-Century Short Fiction
by Craig Decker
In the course of the twentieth century, Austria has been transformed from the centre of a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual empire of fifty-three million people to a republic of approximately eight million predominantly German-speaking citizens. The demise of the Habsburg Empire, the traumas of two world wars, the barbarism of fascism, and the political stability and economic ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Ariadne Press (CA)
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I didn't read this whole book--had to turn it in because it was overdue at the library--but I enjoyed the four short stories I read. The mood is a little dark, but I felt like I gained a little bit of feel for the history/culture of Austria, along with everything else I'm reading about Vienna. I was especially drawn by Schnitzler's "Liutenant Gustl." I'll probably read more of these at some point.