“Bearable and unbearable lightness”

In her review of The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy: 1890-2000, A.S. Byatt calls the anthology one of the best, “as an anthology,” she has ever read. She takes particular note of the introduction, which differentiates Austrian literature from that of other countries, including Germany.

Byatt says:

The Austro-Hungarian empire before the second world war was elegant, frivolous, possessed by baroque images of death and dissolution, full of witty sidelong comments on ossified political structures, in the form of bureaucracies and castles….

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