By Gregor von Rezzori
The elusive narrator of this superbly written, complicated, and powerfully disconcerting novel is the scion of a decayed aristocratic relations from the farther reaches of the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 5 psychologically fraught episodes, he revisits his previous, from formative years to heart age, a interval that coincides with the 20th century's ugliest years. valuable to every episode is what may be known as the narrator's Jewish query. he's no Nazi. on the contrary, he's apolitical, accommodating, cosmopolitan. He has Jewish pals and Jewish fans, and their Jewishness is an issue of abiding fascination to him. His inner most and such a lot defining courting will also be the unusual dance of charm and repulsion that all through his existence he has carried out with this forbidden, wanted, inescapable, imaginary Jewish different. And but it's only this courting that has blinded him to--and makes him complicit in--the negative realities of his era.
Lyrical, witty, satirical, and unblinking, Gregor von Rezzori's so much debatable paintings is an intimate foray into the emotional underworld of recent ecu background.
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It is sad that people cannot earn a living. It's so different from America. Of course, not everyone is rich. But it is easier to earn a living. " "Ja, our brother lives there," Carl explained confidently. "I owned many acres in Texas at one time. I had large cotton farms. My uncle and I were in business together. " Carl listened carefully to the man's words. He knew that this new land was full of opportunity. Page 31 They ate lunch later in the day in a large dining room. Carl stared at the table full of good food.
Christina exclaimed. " After eating the rich, cheesy custard, Carl and Christina Page 35 complemented Mrs. Fosberg's cooking. Pleased, she showed them the room they'd share that night. ''I'll drive you to the train in the morning," Pastor Fosberg said. "The train leaves early. " The next morning Carl and Christina told the Fosbergs goodbye. Carl was grateful for the pleasant visit. Mr. Anderson was right; the Swedish people help each other in the new land. He waved as the train left for Central Texas.
Summary: In 1880 fifteen-year-old Carl Olsson leaves Sweden to work on his brother's farm in Texas. Title. M9275Go 1994 [Fic]-dc20 93-38928 CIP AC Page iii For these Swedish Americans dear to my heart: Leslie, David, Mark, Paul, Christopher, and Matthew Page iv This book is fiction but was inspired by the life of Claus Munson, who came to Texas as a fifteen-year-old in 1880 and might have had the same experiences as Carl. Page v Contents 1. Southern Sweden, 1880 1 2. Walpurgis Night, a Swedish Celebration 9 3.
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor von Rezzori