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Reading Material for Prague, Budapest and Vienna?

Reading Material for Prague, Budapest and Vienna?

Mar 19th, 2001, 10:20 AM
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Reading Material for Prague, Budapest and Vienna?

Hi, ya'll. We're contemplating a three week journey to these cities. I'm looking for reading material. I've read Kalfa, Kindera and Jaraslav Hasek. Does anyone have further suggestions? I'm particularily hoping for something "lowbrow", like a historical romance novel, Michner style read or multi-generational family saga set in this area of the world. Thank you to anyone who comes up with something!
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 01:50 PM
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I meant I've read Milan Kundera, not Kindera. I'm at work and have to type fast before the man sees!
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 01:56 PM
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Since you mentioned Michener, there's Bridge at Andau by James Michener. However, it's actually not a Michener-style book. It is short and not fun, about the Hungarian revolt in 1956.
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 02:28 PM
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How 'bout movies? Not lowbrow, but even quicker than a "quick read". "The Third Man" is one of my favorite moves and is set in post-WWII Vienna. Great screenplay and cinematography plus you get to see Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten give stellar performances.

Also, a movie I've wanted to see is "Sunshine", a multi-generational (fits one of your criteria at least) drama released in 1999 (I believe). Ralph Fiennes stars and Istvan Szabo directs. My memory is fuzzy, but I believe that Szabo wrote the screenplay loosely based upon his family history of the trials of a Jewish family trying to integrate in Hungary.
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 03:26 PM
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If you really want some background into the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a wealth of historical detail dating from the 1840s to post WWI, look to Edward Crankshaw's The Fall of the House of Habsburg. In a lighter vein and equally intriguing check out Frederic Morton's "A Nervous Splender". While it deals with only one year (1888-89)and has its emphasis on life in Vienna, you'll witness the tragic murder/suicide at Mayerling and the emergence of Freud, Empress Elisabeth, Emperor Franz Joseph, Mahler, Klimt, Schnitzler and Bruckner. A fascinating read and a good introduction into the world of the former empire amd its eminent citizens.
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 03:27 PM
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Sunshine definitely fits your criteria for Hungary -- very good movie.

I'd also recommend the Raoul Wallenberg story (very dramatic, has been written/turned into TV shows/films by tons of people)-- a Swedish diplomat who singlehandedly helped hundreds of Hungarian Jews escape the Nazis.
 
Mar 19th, 2001, 04:04 PM
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I second the Raoul Wallenberg story. The book is named Righteous Gentile. I can get the publisher and ISBN if you like as I have the book at home. He saved into the thousands of Hungarian Jews escape the Nazis. Well written and very interesting but not fiction.
 
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