Mr. Waggish has a new post about Robert Musil, in which a new book on Musil by Genese Grill is discussed.
The Monist's submissions deadline for its Musil issue has just passed. Achille Varzi, a philosophy professor at Columbia University (who was a tutor in my first logic class), has contributed a paper on the Confusions of Young Törleß, a draft of which is available as a pdf.
At Wuthering Expectations, Amateur Reader is on a pre-WWI Austrian lit kick, with posts on Hofmannsthal, Zweig, and Schnitzler.
From the Vienna Review: 'It is perhaps less well-known that [Arthur] Schnitzler also wrote for the cinema.
Intrigued by the new medium and its language – shifting perspectives,
the use of close-ups and montage techniques – Schnitzler wrote
altogether nine film scripts based on his works and left a number of
sketches for new projects.'
How did I not know that Stefan Zweig's post-secondary education was in philosophy? He completed a dissertation on Hippolyte Taine. It was supervised by Friedrich Jodl (source), who also supervised Otto Weininger.
Roger Boylan's review of Joseph Roth: a Life in Letters. And a review of Roth's Emperor's Tomb in the Economist (the latest of Michael Hofmann's Roth translations).
Douglas Glover on Thomas Bernhard's The Loser. And a neat recounting of Bernhard's relation to his long-suffering publisher.
M.A.Orthofer's new review of Franz Werfel's Pale Blue Ink in a Lady's Hand (reviewed last year by Brooke Allen), and Liel Leibovitz's review of Werfel's The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.
There's a new website devoted to Hermann Ungar, who attended the same school in Brno as Ernst Weiss.
From an interview with translator Mark Corner about Jaroslav Hašek: 'I have a colleague at the university where I teach in Brussels, who always says to me, "If you want a new idea, read an old book." ... I think that Hašek is still very relevant, and the sense of being a traveller in a disordered universe does bear some parallels with the modern day.'