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Enth century order which had shaped his aristocratic parents and the innovations uncertainties and raw terror of the new century The haunted atmosphere of this dying world is beautifully rendered in the pages of The Snows of Yesteryear The book is a series of portraits amused fond sometimes appalling of Rezzori’s family his hysterical and histrionic mother disappointed by marriage destructively obsessed with her child. This memoir gives us Rezzori's childhood through his descriptions of 5 people His mother a crazy neurotic woman who never really grew up; his father a Trump like bigoted narcissist who thought of nothing but his own needs; his sister 4 years older a very self assured person who died at the age of 22 and his two most important influences; Cassandra a peasant woman who cared for him as a very young child and Bunchy a teachergoverness who came into their lives at just the right time His love for these two women shines on every page His family not so much This all took place between the two World Wars in Austro Hungary when the family was essentially displaced Beautifully written

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Blumen in SchneeRen’s health and breeding his father a flinty reactionary whose only real love was hunting his haughty older sister fated to die before thirty his earthy nursemaid who introduced Rezzori to the power of storytelling and the inevitability of death and a beloved governess Bunchy Telling their stories Rezzori tells his own holding his early life to the light like a crystal until it shines for us with a prismatic brillian. Every time there was a mention of the relatively contemporary world ie late 20th century I was knocked out of my reading reverie and made to realize this was actually published in 1989 The writing the sensibility the everything about it is so cultured and refined and smart and of a piece with what I guess is late modernism that it seemed Rezzori must have been a contemporary of Musil This is certainly not a complaint as the writing is so graceful and elegant but also honest and sensual and stunningly visual I enjoyed it thoroughly While it portrays in detail a large convulsive world a vanished world that morphed into the world that morphed into our own morphing world it is a very personal and intimate memoir as portrayed through five individuals – governess mother father sister tutor – and one bewildering region – Bukovina that shaped the author’s world

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free read Blumen in Schnee 106 Ø ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ Blumen in Schnee Author Gregor von Rezzori – Gregor von Rezzori was born in Czernowitz a one time provincial capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania the USSR and the Ukraine—a town that wa Gregor von Rezzori wGregor von Rezzori was born in Czernowitz a one time provincial capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania the USSR and the Ukraine a town that was everywhere Blumen in Epuband nowhere with a population of astonishing diversity Growing up after World War I and the collapse of the empire Rezzori lived in a twilit world suspended between the formalities of the old ninete. About 2 years ago I read Gregor von Rezzori’s novel “Memoirs of an Anti Semite” and in my review wondered aloud about how much was fiction and how much was autobiography It was partly to find out that I read this book In answer to my uestion it seems antisemitism was a characteristic of the author’s father rather than the author himselfThis is an unusual and at times very moving autobiography structured around 5 people who played a formative part in the author’s childhood Each gets their own chapter – the author’s mother father and sister; plus “Cassandra” an illiterate Carpathian peasant who was the author’s childhood nanny and “Bunchy” a Pomeranian woman who was his governess during his adolescent yearsRezzori was born in 1914 and grew up in the city of Czernowitz now Chernivtsi where his father had been an official of the Austrian government During the author’s lifetime the city was successively part of Austria Romania the USSR and Ukraine and his sense of dislocation forms an important part of the book After the collapse of the Dual Monarchy the family still considered themselves socially and culturally superior to the other nationalities in Bukovina but were also despised by the new Romanian authorities as members of an ethnic minority of suspect loyalty Nor were the family accepted as true Germans as the author noticed when he was sent to school in Austria“it pleased the rulers of that country Romania at the time to consider me an alien interloper while for my Austrian school mates I was but a Balkanic gypsy from the remotest southeastern backwoods The untainted Germanness extolled by Hauff and Schnorr von Carolsfeld was denied me forever”All of us have our idiosyncrasies but the author’s family scored unusually high on eccentricity This was particularly true of his parents His mother was neurotic and controlling embittered by the fact that in her time and place the role of wife and mother was tightly circumscribed His father struck me as something of a contrarian and as someone who would have fitted better into the world of about a century before his time He considered himself an Austrian but become a loyal citizen of Romania and despite being an anti Semite and a German nationalist he opposed the Nazis it’s all set out in the book His escape from the world was to develop an obsession with hunting In one passage Rezzori describes his parents“Our parents were odd and off center each in his or her own peculiar way each in his or her own wrongheadedness the cause and origin of which could be found in their uixotic reaction to an out of joint world Their obsessions—our mother’s anxiety whipped guilt ridden sense of duty and our father’s blindly passionate escape into his mania for hunting—were specific responses to circumstances that in no way fitted their upbringing their existential concepts and expectations even less their dispositions”Rezzori was an acute observer of others and the translation I read suggests the original book was beautifully written Some of my favourite sections were those where the author accompanied his father on hunting expeditions simply because of the marvellously evocative descriptions of the Carpathian countryside of a century ago It’s gone now along with the multi ethnic nature of the region Rezzori lived until 1998 and with the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 he was able to visit his hometown for the first time since 1936 which event he describes in an Epilogue The visit was of course a bittersweet one