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Vienna Girl.

Lauterstein, Ingeborg

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ISBN 10: 0393022641 / ISBN 13: 9780393022643
Verlag: New York : W.W. Norton, 1986, 1986
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, stated First Edition, 383pp., good dust-jacket but front panel faded by light and old label removal, very good brown half-cloth, previous bookstore label on rear endpaper ISBN 0393022641. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 32479

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Titel: Vienna Girl.

Verlag: New York : W.W. Norton, 1986

Erscheinungsdatum: 1986

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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In this sequel to the accaimed novel "The Water Castle," the year is 1945. In a darkened cellar in Vienna, fifteen-year-old Reyna Meinert and her grandmother have taken refuge from the invading Russians. The German army is defeated and the occupation is about to begin.

Emerging from her dark retreat, Reyna enters a world in confused transition. Through her eyes we witness the efforts of the "old order" to reclaim its position of authority. But in the grim aftermath of war, shadowed by the Nazi legacy of shame and guilt, the culture and charm of Old Vienna seem in adequate to the challenge of a new world. The social upheaval of the occupied city forms a backdrop for and reflection of Reyna's own disquieting passage through adolescence. Wise for her age, yet still not far removed from the innocence of childhood, she tells a story shaped by clear-eyed observance and the deeper truths revealed in fantasy.

From Publishers Weekly:

Concealed in a dark cellar, Reyna Meinert, the 15-year-old narrator and principal presence of this memoiristic novel, and her grandmother, the Countess von Falkenburg, await the arrival of the victorious Russian battalions in Vienna, immediately following the defeat of the Nazis. Despite the grim setting, no politics or ideology pervade the narrative. The prevailing spirit is that of the imaginative teenager's amorous fantasies, visions of herself as a Joan of Arc defending her virtue against the marauding Red Army rapists, attempts to make some sense of tumultuous experience. Her aristocratic grandmother, too, lives nostalgically in the grandeur of the old empire and dreams of the return of the Hapsburgs. Reyna is charming, endearing, as well as infuriating, and these qualities mark her progress through adolescence. But too often the novel, like its mistress, lacks dramatic center and tension. Lauterstein wrote The Water Castle.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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