(From the publisher):
It is only slight exaggeration to say that prose fiction in the imperial realms of Austria and Austria-Hungary began the nineteenth century as romantic flights of fancy and left that century drenched in the depressing trivia of reality. A comparative reading of the first and the last of these novellas and short stories will exemplify this: the first work, written by Caroline von Pichler in 1823, features an improbable battle between the invisible powers of witches and archbishops while the battles of the last novella, put to paper by Ferdinand von Saar in 1882, rage within the real and visible world, between a dog and a forest ranger, between alcohol and unemployment, between emotional depression and floodwaters. There are, between these two poles, a number of lively and exciting literary journeys past mountain peaks and urban slums, past ghettos, grocery stores, palaces and pilgrimage chapels, with each locale revealing itself to be a unique housing for the human spirit.
While some of these works here are available for the first time in English, all of them have been newly reworked and footnoted to carry meaning to a readership on the cusp of a new millennium. The themes found here are old and new, full of bright hope and laden with cynical despair. Yet together they can be regarded, in a figurative sense, as a litarary montage of departure into the sunset of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Edited and translated, with an introduction and notes by Richard Hacken.
Prose written before 1848
- The Love of Charlemagne's Youth by Caroline von Pichler
- The Alpine Journey by Ernst von Feuchtersleben
- Brigitta by Adalbert Stifter
- Confessions by Betty Paoli
- The Poor Fiddler by Franz Grillparzer
Prose written after 1848
- Marzipan-Lisa by Friedrich Halm
- Isaac's Glasses by Leopold Kompert
- Don Juan of Kolomyya by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
- The Higher Law by Karl Emil Franzos
- Kathy's Feather Hat by Ada Christen
- The Gemperlein Barons by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
- The Love Child by Ludwig Anzengruber
- Mary in Misery by Peter Rosegger
- Tambi by Ferdinand von Saar
Original title: Into the Sunset: Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Austrian Prose
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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