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doc ´ reader The Snows of Yesteryear ´ New York Review Books Classics Free ↠ eyltransferservices À ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ The Snows of Yesteryear (New York Review Books Classics) By Join or create book clubs ➝ – Gregor Ry 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 portraitsamused fond sometimes appallingof Rezzoris family his hysterical and histrionic mother disappointed by marriage destructively obsessed with her childrens heal A Biography From A Man of The TimesAfter reading so many great reviews I rushed to order the book and upon reading experienced a big letdown uite disappointing The author's mother could never ever measure up and his dad was awarded too many excuses for his behavior However asided from the family dynamics as viewed by the author he rewarded the reader with great insight into what it must've been like living in the middle lands between Russia and Europe what with the map lines being re drawn every so many years and conflicts ad nauseum Surely he wrote his remembrances as he felt them but he took as fact his own reasoning for each family member's unhappiness and shortcomings when he could never have known what he decided had made mom dad sis the way they really were or what the intimate dynamics could've been I gave up The author's discriptions praised by reviewers were just not enough to keep me going I came to see him as Spoiled Kid destined to live in many of the same attitudes and wars that did so much to shape harm and disappoint his parents and his governesses and thusly himself

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Th 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 brilliance In his Introduction to this edition John Banville writes that THE SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR is a masterpiece in that rare genre that might be classed as incidental autobiography Banville compares the book with Nabokov's Speak Memory high praise indeed I won't suggest that THE SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR is uite on the same plane as Speak Memory but SNOWS definitely is worth readingTwo different aspects of the book make it of special interest The first has to do with the historical and social milieu in which the author lived his early years the years covered by THE SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR Gregor von Rezzori was born in 1914 in Czernowitz then the capital of the Bukovina which in turn was one of the autonomous former crown lands of the House of Habsburg and as such part of the Austro Hungarian Dual Monarchy Thus his formative years coincided with what he calls the truce between two phases of the European suicide ie 1919 1939 and the collapse of the bourgeois culture of Mitteleuropa founded on the pillars of property and learning Rezzori's account of that milieu and those years is among the richer and rewarding that I have readThe other noteworthy aspect of the book consists of the family figures around whom he structures his memoir his mother father and sister and his nanny and his governess Each of them at least as portrayed by Rezzori is a memorable figure Even works of fiction rarely feature a uintet of such distinctive charactersTo my mind the most memorable though it is a close call is Rezzori's father who regarded himself as a Habsburg aristocrat through and through the Rezzori family came from Sicily at a time when it still belonged to the Holy Roman Empire By profession he was an architect and art historian whose work responsibilities involved overseeing the monasteries of the Bukovina as a civil servant By avocation he was a hunter and some of Rezzori's anecdotes are set in the dense forests of the Carpathians hunting with his father Although Rezzori elder was a strident anti Semite and a social conservative he was not a supporter of Hitler Shortly after Hitler was appointed Chancellor he drew his son's attention to a magazine article replete with pictures of the new Fhrer and commented It's all very fine and well Germany rises once But have a look at this fellow I wouldn't hire him as a stable boy His political ethos was from the snows of yesteryear amongst the Habsburgs He counted Romanians after Czechs and Poles among the body strippers of the corpse of the defunct Dual Monarchy Russians Poles and Ruthenians were mere colonial populations He saw himself as a leftover functionary of a liuidated empire `We have been left here as a kind of cultural fertilizer' was one of his favorite sayings He stayed away from his daughter when she was dying of Hodgson's disease and he refused to summon his son to his own deathbed; those decisions were based on the sober conviction that dying is a strictly private matter that cannot be shared with anyoneA uick word about Rezzori's governess a woman born in Pomerania in the 1860's and clearly a major influence in his life Rezzori gives her name as Lina Strauss and he writes that in the 1890s she had been the lady companion of Mark Twain during his years in Florence at a time long before the death of Twain's beloved wife Livy Curiously in neither my Mark Twain library which admittedly is hardly comprehensive nor on the Internet can I find any reference to a Lina Strauss as a companion of Twain or a member of the Twain household I

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The Snows of Yesteryear New York Review Books ClassicsGregor von Rezzori was born in Czernowitz a onetime provincial capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania the USSR and the Ukrainea town that was everywhere and 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 nineteenth centu If Memoirs of an Anti Semite had established Gregor von Rezzori's reputation as one of the world's great prose stylist The Snows of Yesteryear further cements this reputation However this book is a work of non fiction whereas Memoirs was fiction Not to be feared Rezzori's nonfiction is all the replete with allure and magic of storytellingThe Snows of Yesteryear brings back in glowing colors and radiant light a Central European world that vanished in 1938 the town houses and country estates the Vienna apartments and the forest preserves of the old Austro Hungarian aristocracy into which Rezzori was born The first of the five section of the book is devoted to Cassandra the weirdly costumed peasant who was Rezzori's wet nurse and nanny an amazing comic figure who taught him a salad of Armanian German Ruthenian Polish Hungarian Turkish and Yiddishand who watched fiercely and hilariously over his fantasy laden childhoodCassandra was in every way a contrast to his mother the subject of the second section a neurasthenic stormy tempered woman of exuisite beauty and bearing the prototype of a lady who after much drama and pain left Rezzori's father an architectural historian whose imaginative life was wholly absorbed by the world of hunting and shootingHis father a bright natured old fashioned anti Semitic gentleman was ever bemused by his estranged unhappy consort and Rezzori's portrait of him forms a brilliant centerpiece to the bookThe fourth section concerns Rezzori's marvelous older sister who died tragically when only 21 and whose influence on the author was profound permanent and deeply ambiguousLast comes the inimitable and extraordinary governess Miss Lina Strauss a once friend of Mark Twain who was imported to teach young Rezzori as she had done his motherThe epilogue is a thing of rare beauty Gregor von Rezzori offers a haunting account of his visit to Czernowitz 53 years after his departureIn giving us five superb portraits with the greatest psychological subtlety Rezzori also paints a group picture that is dazzling in its social detail gripping in its dramatic tension and gloriously evocative of a fascinating bygone world