By Gregor Von Rezzori, Deborah Eisenberg
The elusive narrator of this superbly written, complicated, and powerfully disconcerting novel is the scion of a decayed aristocratic relations from the farther reaches of the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 5 psychologically fraught episodes, he revisits his prior, from youth to heart age, a interval that coincides with the twentieth-century’s ugliest years. critical to every episode is what can be referred to as the narrator’s Jewish query. he's no Nazi. on the contrary, he's apolitical, accommodating, cosmopolitan. He has Jewish neighbors and Jewish enthusiasts, and their Jewishness is an issue of abiding fascination to him. His inner most and such a lot defining dating will also be the unusual dance of charm and repulsion that all through his lifestyles he has performed with this forbidden, wanted, inescapable, imaginary Jewish different. And but it's only his courting that has blinded him to–and makes him complicit in–the negative realities his period. Lyrical, witty, satirical, and unblinking, Gregor von Rezzori’s so much arguable paintings is an intimate foray into the emotional underworld of contemporary eu heritage.