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The Kindness of Strangers (New York Review Books Classics)

by Salka Viertel

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Release Date: January 22, 2019
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Author: Salka Viertel
Creators: Lawrence Weschler (Introduction), Donna Rifkind (Afterword)
Package Dimensions (in inches): 0.98 x 7.95 x 5.28
Package Weight: 87 Hundredths Pounds
Item Dimensions (in inches): 8 x 5.27 x 0.93
Item Weight: 87 Hundredths Pounds
Audio Tracks/Subtitles: English (Published), English (Original Language), English (Unknown)

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EAN: 9781681372747
ISBN: 1681372746
Manufacturer: NYRB Classics
Number Of Pages: 368


Product Description: A memoir about showbiz in the early 20th century that travels from the theaters of Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, to Hollywood during the golden age, complete with encounters with Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Greta Garbo along the way.

Salka Viertel’s autobiography tells of a brilliant, creative, and well-connected woman’s pilgrimage through the darkest years of the twentieth century, a journey that would take her from a remote province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Hollywood. The Kindness of Strangers is, to quote the New Yorker writer S. N. Behrman, “a very rich book. It provides a panorama of the dissolving civilizations of the twentieth century. In all of them the author lived at the apex of their culture and artistic aristocracies. Her childhood . . . is an entrancing idyll. In Berlin, in Prague, in Vienna, there appears Karl Kraus, Kafka, Rilke, Robert Musil, Schoenberg, Einstein, Alban Berg. There is the suffering and disruption of the First World War and the suffering and agony after it, which is described with such intimacy and vividness that you endure these terrible years with the author. Then comes the migration to Hollywood, where Salka’s house on Mabery Road becomes a kind of Pantheon for the gathered artists, musicians, and writers. It seems to me that no one has ever described Hollywood and the life of writers there with such verve.”

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