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The Register (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought Translation Series)

Norbert Gstrein, Lowell A. Bangerter

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ISBN 10: 1572410124 / ISBN 13: 9781572410121
Published by Ariadne Pr, 1995
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Title: The Register (Studies in Austrian Literature...

Publisher: Ariadne Pr

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Teacher's Edition

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This novel describes from varying perspectives the lives of two Austrian brothers. Moritz and Vinzenz, who meet again after a long estrangement. They remember shared and individual experiences, prompted by questions from their sister, photographs in family albums, and encounters with current reality during a visit to their home town. The memories that form most of the novel's substance highlight the fundamental problems of their development and the reasons for their successes and failures in life: sibling rivalries, conflicts between them and their father; inability and unwillingness to identify with their Austrian heritage; missed opportunities, breakdowns in communication, failed relationships with other people; guilt incurred through betrayal of their girlfriend Magda and each other.

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After years of estrangement, two brothers, Moritz, who gave up on an unsatisfying university career teaching mathematics, and Vinzenz, who was a former champion skier, come home to attend the wedding of their former girlfriend Magda. During an uncomfortable confrontation with their sister Kreszenz, and against the background of the festivities that take place the following day, they are forced to come to grips with their past. Memories of shared and individual experiences; consciousness of guilt in their relationship with each other, their father, and especially Magda; revelations of a basic self-centeredness that lies at the heart of their failure to find lasting meaning for their lives; scenes of brief happiness, brutality, loneliness, conflict; a recurring preoccupation with death - all of these are employed by the author to call into question the validity of a modern existence that promotes the cause of the individual at the expense of interhuman relationships.

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