Sunday, June 28, 2009

Five novels about life during the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire

Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of Angelica, The Egyptologist, and Prague, which was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His latest novel is The Song Is You.

In his Q & A, Phillips named "Five Novels That Make You Feel Like You Might Know Something about Life During the Collapse of the Hapsburg Empire:"
The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil

The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch

The Rebels by Sándor Márai (or Embers by him, if you prefer)

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (Not the Hapsburgs, admittedly, but you get the idea.)
Read the complete interview.

--Marshal Zeringue