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Just read: A Nervous Splendor – Vienna 1888/1889

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A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889

Federic Morton is an Austrian-American who writes, as the title suggests, about what it was like in Vienna from the period 1888- mid 1889 encompassing the death of Crown Prince Rudolf and ending with the birth of Adolf Hitler. At this time Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss and other greats were residing in Vienna at the time. We also get to know others a bit more such as Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, etc who I don’t know much about at all, if at all.

The book also gives a few glimpses of the international/European political scene which would have been heavily impacting on the Crown Prince in the months leading up to his suicide. Its not a historical overview of events at that time but we do get enough for some context to Vienna and its mood. The main focus is on the individuals and their personal angsts and fears about their careers and their livelihoods, which is very interesting.

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