Oedipus at Stalingrad

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Macmillan, Dec 1, 1999 - Fiction - 289 pages
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In the summer of 1938, young Traugott von Jassilkowski embarks on a social career that he hopes will take him to the heights of the German aristocracy. A cunningly devised wardrobe, a strategic courtship, important weekends with well-placed grandees, the right lunches and boozy evenings with Berlin's smart set: Will these carry him to the top or land him nowhere? In the scintillating narrative style for which he is justly celebrated, Gregor von Rezzori offers this cautionary about Germany at the height of its most dangerous folly.


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Baron Traugott von Jassilkowski, a young man of noble but impoverished extraction, tries to establish himself in high society in pre-World War II Berlin. Under the tutelage of a middle-aged countess ... Read full review

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Gregor von Rezzori (1914--1998) studied at the University of Vienna and for a time lived in Bucharest. In Germany, after World War II, he became active as a writer and in radio broadcasting and filmmaking activities. American readers first discovered his writing in English with the appearance of his story "Troth" in "The New Yorker," Von Rezzori's books include "Tales from Maghrebinia," "Oedipus Triumphs at Stalingrad," "The Hussar," "The Death of My Brother Abel," and "Anecdotage," He lived with his wife in a village near Florence, Italy, until his death. His "Memoirs of an Anti-Semite" was reissued by NYRB Classics in 2007.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including "The Book of Evidence," "The Untouchable," and "Eclipse," Banville's novel "The Sea" was awarded the 2005 Man Booker Prize. On occasion he writes under the pen name Benjamin Black.

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