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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Für ihren ersten Roman hat sich die Journalistin Eva Menasse einen sehr vertrauten Stoff ausgesucht: die Geschichte ihrer eigenen Familie über drei Generationen hinweg. Dass Vienna auf so viel öffentliches Interesse stößt, liegt erst einmal daran, dass die Menasses, besonders in Österreich, einen Namen haben -- der Vater ein ehemaliger Fußballnationalspieler, der Bruder d ...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published 2007 by btb (first published January 1st 2005)
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Inhaltlich eine hervorragende österreichisch-halbjüdische Familiengeschichte, voll von Anekdoten in der Güte einer Tante Jolesch, einer Klaviatur an Schuldgefühlen, Streitlust, Geschichte... Die Krux an diesem Roman ist aber, dass es eben eine halbjüdische Geschichte ist und die Figuren damit umgehen müssen, dass sie neben Holocaustopfern und Vertriebenen auch Tschechen, Arier und sogar Nazis in der entfernteren buckligen Verwandtschaft haben, was der Geschichte eine zusätzliche sehr explosive W ...more
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1. Vienna is pure Viennese feeling captured in one book.

2. The German press praised it while the Austrian press criticized it, which is kind of funny because, as you may know, Germans and Austrians have a kind of rivalry going on.

3. The story starts in a Viennese Coffee House – just like any good story taking place in Vienna.

4. Vienna paints the portrait of Menasse’s Viennese family which is half Jewish and half Catholic. Jewish identity is one of the themes of this book, but just as much as Vi
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uh, nikako. Nisam mogla ni pročitati do kraja, ne dam se maltretirati pisanjem zbrda-zdola. Šteta, a činilo mi se da bi mogla biti zanimljiva.
The rating I have to give this book is just sad. Because the writing in general is good, the stories are sometimes quite interesting and would be worth telling. And because I love Vienna so much, and its character really comes through in this book.

Still, I would advise you not to read it, based on three main points.
One, there is no structure. This just rambles on and meanders here and there, without any guideline for the reader. That may be interesting if you belong to the family; for an outsid
I found this book oddly disappointing. Pinning its failings to clumsy translation or bland storytelling is difficult. Claims of the book's dispensation of linear narrative really seem to be more of an awareness of awkward structure. I didn't feel that this impacted positively in any real fashion, nor did it pique my interest about future-past events. Tracing familial structure also seemed more difficult than need be. Yes, there was some charm in the portrayal of a constructionist past of a famil ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book, the saga of a half Jewish family's experiences across the decades in Vienna, is frustrating. Menasse makes a number of decisions which seem designed to annoy. Perhaps the plot must be nonlinear because that is how personal recollection works, and maybe the stories are all about petty arguments because no one can bear to discuss the real tragedies, but what is the point of refusing to name three quarters of the characters (it's always my father this and the little Englishwoman that)? S ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine hervorragend geschriebene jüdische Familiengeschichte aus Wien, von den 30ern bis heute. Interessanterweise etwas unerwartet gar kein tragischer KZ-Roman, sondern mit viel Charme, Verve und Humor (musste mehrmals, besonders anfangs, laut lachen! zB Wenn der Großvater erklärt, warum er nichts von Wanderungen hält: Bin i a Reh?) erzählte Erinnerungen an die jüdischen Großeltern und Eltern, Onkel und Tanten. Der Roman ist der mündlichen Erzähltradition der Familie verpflichtet, verliert jedoch ...more
The story line was good - the plot itself was original in that it was a different take on how the Jews were treated during WWII - or rather, how this particular family experienced it. The writing style was so difficult for me to get used to. I do believe it was translated word for word from the German rather than in any sort of sentence structure that makes sense to a reader. Fortunately, because I've read other books like this in my college classes, I was used to it ... didn't mean I liked it t ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: places-vienna
Eine Wiener Familiengeschichte über vier Generationen, zwischen Judentum, Christentum und Areligiösität; zwischen Anpassung und Aufmüpfigkeit, mit Verwicklungen in die Geschichte, (insbesondere des Nationalsozialismus), unvergesslichen Familienanekdoten und Traurigkeit.
Nicht spektakulär, aber lesenswert, und in vielen Punkten sehr wienerisch,
I regret (maybe) that I did not finish this book, but at 400 pages and with others to read, it didn't happen. Maybe later. I did like it - a quick-paced story with amusing characters, I'd recommend it to those who are interested in quirky family dynamics.
David Ramirer
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
gutes buch, gut erzählt. es hat zwar ein paar auswucherungen die nicht in die gesamtkomposition passen, aber der gesamteindruck bleibt dennoch ganz großartig und portraitiert eine ganz spezifische zeit in wien.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. I couldn't finish this. Just awful.
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, despite the English title, it's in German. But if it gets translated, it's well worth the read. Check out titles by her dad, too, Robert.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to follow and I didn't really get into some of the stories until the very end of the book.
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