Oedipus At Stalingrad Is A Rare And Thrilling Work A Comic Novel That Is Both Noble And Outrageous, A Masterwork Of High Literature That Is Also A Discomfiting, Deadly Satire Written In The Early 1950s, When The Memory Of The Terrible Battle Of Stalingrad Was Still Vivid, When Germans Were Priding Themselves On Their Economic Recovery And New Acceptability, When The Ethos That Had Permitted Or Even Encouraged Nazi Excesses Was Being Conveniently Forgotten, Oedipus At Stalingrad Zeroes In On The Inmost Psychological Drama And Duplicity Of Berlin S Upper Class Just Before The War In The Summer Of 1938, Young Traugott Von Jassilkowski Son Of Worthy Nobodies In East Prussia Embarks On A Social Career That, He Fervently 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 Will These Trivial Pursuits Land The Would Be Baron Exactly Nowhere
Gregor von Rezzori was born in 1914 in Chernivtsi in the Bukovina, then part of the Austro Hungarian Empire and now part of Ukraine In an extraordinarily peripatetic life von Rezzori was succesively an Austro Hungarian, Romanian and Soviet citizen and then, following a period of being stateless, an Austrian citizen The great theme of his work was the multi ethnic, multi lingual world in which he grew up and which the wars and ideologies of the twentieth century destroyed His major works include The Death of My Brother Abel, Memoirs of an Anti Semite and his autobiographical masterpiece The Snows of Yesteryear He died in his home in Donnini, Italy in 1998.
- 289 pages
- Oedipus at Stalingrad
- Gregor von Rezzori
- 28 October 2017 Gregor von Rezzori