What is the real purpose of survival

The miracle of survival


“Lothar's memories are a captivating, hauntingly formulated contemporary document with insights into Austrian history, the cultural scene and life in exile. Last but not least, the author's engaging personality speaks from the reading and makes it extremely touching. ”Orpheus, Karin Coper, May / June 2021

“Ernst Lothar's language is exuberant at times. But the pathos rarely appears hollow; rather, one enjoys the many vivid and pointed formulations. 'The miracle of survival', first published in 1960, reads today as an important piece of the cultural history of Austria and emigration. ”Wolfgang Schneider, Tagesspiegel, November 2nd, 2020

“A book of the century like Stefan Zweig's 'Die Welt von Gestern'." Jens Bisky, Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 18th, 2020

“Lothar's autobiography now allows a completely different approach to his interesting literary work. ... It also provides, especially in its fractions, a contribution to the homeland debate, which has been suspiciously widespread for some time. "Jan Koneffke, Deutschlandfunk Büchermarkt, 05.07.20

“Ernst Lothar is a thorough and patient narrator. … It is definitely time to read it again. ”Irene Bazinger, FAZ, May 27th, 2020

"A review of his remarkable life as a theater director, director, novelist, critic and private person. ... At the same time, alongside the private, it is a cultural history of pre- and post-war Vienna" Günther Haller, Die Presse, July 31, 2020

"Many sentences in this book make it clear how thinking about art and theater can bring comforting knowledge even in the horror of the 20th century." Salzburger Nachrichten, July 18th, 2020

“A cultural history of Vienna before and after the war, but also a poignantly written emigration and return novel.” Andrea Roedig, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, April 23, 2020

“In his sensitive epilogue, Daniel Kehlmann made these memories 'compulsory reading'. You can agree with him. ”Walter Klier, Wiener Zeitung, April 25th, 2020

“The descriptions of the depths of exile, of a new beginning as nobody in the big city of New York are impressive. The story of the flight from Vienna to Switzerland is extremely exciting. ”Wolfgang Straub, Ö1, April 26th, 2020

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