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The Exiles Return The Exiles Return is set in Occupied Vienna in It describes five people who grew up there before the war and have come back to see if they can re establish the life they have lost The novel beg

  • Title: The Exiles Return
  • Author: Elisabeth de Waal Edmund de Waal
  • ISBN: 9781250045782
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Exiles Return is set in Occupied Vienna in 1954 5 It describes five people who grew up there before the war and have come back to see if they can re establish the life they have lost The novel begins with Professor Kuno Adler, who is Jewish and fled Vienna after the Anschluss the events of March 1938 when Hitler s troops marched into Austria He is returning from NThe Exiles Return is set in Occupied Vienna in 1954 5 It describes five people who grew up there before the war and have come back to see if they can re establish the life they have lost The novel begins with Professor Kuno Adler, who is Jewish and fled Vienna after the Anschluss the events of March 1938 when Hitler s troops marched into Austria He is returning from New York to try and take up his old life as a research scientist We realise through his confrontation with officialdom and with the changed fabric of the city the lime trees are there no longer, it is hard to know who behaved well during the war and who was a Nazi sympathiser that a refugee who goes back has a very difficult time.Next we are introduced to a wealthy Greek named Kanakis Before the war his family had lived in great style with a coach and horses and many servants, and now the 40 year old Kanakis has come back to try and buy an eighteenth century hotel particulier, a little palais, in which to live a life of eighteenth century pleasure He meets Prince Lorenzo Grein Lauterbach who owes than a little to Tadzio in Death in Venice Bimbo, as he is known and the nickname is an accurate one is a 24 year old who, because his aristocratic, anti Nazi parents were murdered by the Germans, was spirited away to the country during the war years and afterwards He is penniless yet retains an overweening sense of entitlement Kanakis and he develop a homosexual relationship a brave thing to write about in the 1950s and he is kept by his older lover But he has a sister, Princess Nina, who works in a laboratory, the same one to which Adler returns She lives modestly in the attic of her family s former palais, is a devout Catholic, loyal to her brother and the memory of her parents, intelligent and hard working, but, as she perceives it, is stocky and unattractive Lastly, there is 18 year old Marie Theres, whose parents went to America just before the war they, and her siblings, have become completely American, but Resi as she is known, possibly with a deliberate echo of Henry James s What Maisie Knew has never fitted in and is d plac e So she goes back to her Austrian aunt and uncle to see if she can make a life in the home country from her parents point of view to see if she can be married off yet here too she is an innocent abroad, unable, to put down roots Her tragedy is at the core of this moving and evocative book, which explores a very complex and interesting question if an exile returns, how should he or she behave morally Some have moral fastidiousness Adler, Nina , some are ruthlessly on the make Kanakis, Bimbo , some have no moral code because they have never been educated to acquire one Resi.Each of the exiles describes an aspect of the author herself Elisabeth de Waal was brought up in the Palais Ephrussi, so wonderfully evoked by her grandson Edmund de Waal in his bestselling The Hare with Amber Eyes Her mother s life was the one for which the startlingly beautiful , fictional Resi was bred and should have grown into Elisabeth herself was much like Princess Nina, a serious young girl who was, as Edmund de Waal said recently in an interview with Mark Lawson on BBC Radio 4 s Front Row, desperate to get from one side of the Ringstrasse in this crazily marble and gilt edifice to the other side where there was this fantastically exciting university full of philosophers and economists, and she did it through sheer dogged will power Yet, although there are aspects of Resi and of Nina in Elisabeth, we can imagine that Professor Adler was the character with whom she identified most And, although she obviously would have shrunk from identifying with Kanakis and Bimbo, she knew that they were in her family background and that even those two, the wealthy Greek playboy and the dissolute young aristocrat, had elements of what she might have been.Elisabeth arrived in England in 1939 and became a wartime and post war housewife, like so many of the women in Persephone books We can imagine her struggling with How to Run your home without Help and Plats du Jour She coached children in Latin, maintained a large correspondence, and wrote a few reviews for the TLS but mostly what she did was write novels, two in German and three in English The Exiles Return is the first to be published.

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    1. A book that suits its dove-grey covers very well I was intrigued by The Exiles Return as soon a I saw it written about, as a forthcoming Persephone Book last autumn. The authors name was familiar, because it was her grandson who wrote The Hare With Amber Eyes, a book that I think everyone in the world but me had read. But this was a book that hadn’t been read, though the author made every effort to get it into print.And yet it holds a stories that have been little told. Stories of exiles retur [...]

    2. Persephone generally publishes books that have often enjoyed great success in the past, but have been out of print for a number of years. This is not the case with The Exiles Return. The author Elisabeth De Waal was the grandmother of Edmund De Waal who wrote the hugely successful The Hare with Amber Eyes – which I have not read – I think I might though now. It is solely through his efforts that Elisabeth’s book is now available. The manuscript of what became The Exiles Return Elisabeth De [...]

    3. Loden--people really wore it back then. This book has some beautiful descriptions, of characters and of places, that kept me going through its slow development and awkward dialogue. For example, there is an electrifying scene of one Austrian scientist named Krieger telling the (Jewish) scientist returned from exile about Krieger's wartime experiments on prisoners. Krieger points out that they were Roma, not Jews (he seems to think his audience will approve). He goes on about how these experiment [...]

    4. This is the 102nd book on the Persephone list. As with Emma Smith's The Far Cry, I did not know much about this novel before I began to read it, apart from the fact that it was set in Austria. The Exiles Return was written in the late 1950s, and was not published in de Waal’s lifetime. The preface to the Persephone edition is written by the Viennese author’s grandson, Edmund de Waal. He states that his grandmother ‘wanted… to create novels of ideas’, and his introduction is truly fasci [...]

    5. She wrote 5 novels and long after her own death, thanks to the success of her grandson's award winning book Edmund De Waal's The Hare With Amber Eyes, we now get to read that most personal of all the stories she wrote, Elisabeth De Waal's The Exiles Return inspired by her own return from exile to Vienna after the war.The return is never really the return, it might be another beginning, if one is fortunate, for other's it represents the end. My complete review here at Word By Word.

    6. I really enjoyed this one. Her writing is often lovely, it reminds me a bit of Irene Nemirovsky.piningforthewest/2018/0

    7. I knew going into this that it was about several different people. But once I started reading and I totally got into Professor Adler's story, I forgot about that. When it switched to another character, I didn't want to leave Professor Adler. But after about a day of sulking, I picked up the book again and went back into it. The style of writing may not suit today's taste for all action all the time, but I really enjoyed it. I felt like I got to know the characters inside and out, and I liked the [...]

    8. When I began this novel, I didn't read the author bio on the back flap. After a few pages, I was delighted to find a new author whose style actually evoked/matched the period that they were writing about. Then I discovered that de Waal was writing in the 1950s. Oh well! This was a delightful read. The three threads of the plot are woven effortlessly together. I especially enjoyed following Professor Adler's journey home to Austria after fleeing the country to avoid Nazi persecution and the death [...]

    9. as this is a recovered manuscript it holds up well. The subtleties of her writing was what I liked. Now the endings can seem trite but at the time in the 50's each character's end would have been unexpected. I really liked the beginning of the book. This was what I was expecting in reading Trieste but didn't get. It puts into intimate descriptive fiction so much of the 50's history as she experienced I believe.

    10. Received a copy of The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Wall through the First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review "Social relationships were at best superficial, they could be pleasant if treated lighthearted,they could easily be hurtful if too much was expected of them."For elder statesmen Kuno Adler and Theophil Kanakis their home of Vienna, Austria is definitely where the heart is. With respect to the young and impressionable New Yorker, Marie-Theres Larsen, she is still searching f [...]

    11. Die Tatsache, dass dieses Buch erst nach dem Tod der Autorin von einem Nachfahr veröffentlicht wurde, verdient schon ein Sternchen. Das zweite Sternchen kommt für die spannende Thematik – Österreich in der Nachkriegszeit und die mehr oder weniger misslungene Restitution. Der dritte Stern bekommt für mich die Figur Kuno Adlers. Ich habe seine subtile und mutige Verhaltensweise sofort ins Herz geschlossen und habe mich über seine Entwicklung während der Geschichte sehr gefreut. Die zweite [...]

    12. I really enjoyed the book, however, I think it got slightly distracted towards the end. I thought it lost it's way.

    13. I must be one of the few people who hasn't read The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, though one of my reasons for not having done so has to be that it was written this century and I've been reading a lot from the last one. When I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing one of the most recent Persephones, though, the description made me leap at the chance. It's a previously unpublished novel about five people returning to Vienna in the early 1950s, and there was every indication that i [...]

    14. For me, as a lover of all things historical, wars are fascinating. As a lover of fiction, fiction based on reality, it's the aftermath of the war that's as fascinating as anything else.This made the posthumous publication of Elisabeth de Waal's THE EXILES RETURN the perfect choice for me. The blurb on the back cover even proclaimed the book to be similar to one of the most moving books I've read about the effects of war on the average man; EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada. I was hooked by th [...]

    15. What a brilliant book, a sharp and witty study, as mentioned by one of the reviews on the back cover. Judging from the fairly low reviews this book has received it is worth pointing out that the summary and the actual contents of this book can easily be seen as two different things. However if I had to describe "The Exiles Return" it would be as something similar to Anna Karenina in terms of the drama that ends up unfolding, quite unexpectedly and much to my pleasant surprise, throughout the boo [...]

    16. The Exiles Return promises a lot but then fails to deliver on some fronts. The setting is Vienna in the early 1950s in the aftermath of World-War II - a disheveled, occupied city keen to recapture its illustrious past. The characters are a potent mix of those who fled from the Nazis, those who stayed and fought them and those who remained and co-operated with them. The publisher’s cover blurb talks the book up a storm, and the Foreword by the author’s grandson, Edmund de Waal, (author of the [...]

    17. The exiles are a group of people who have returned to Austria at the end of the Post War occupation - Adler, the Jewish scientist, leaving his wife who has become a successful entrepreneur in the US, Kanakis, the esthete heir of a wealthy Greek-Austrian family whose family astutely left Austria for America despite not really being threatened by the Nazis or the war, Risi, the daughter of a countess and her American husband, sent back to find herself in the company of her titled aunts, and Nina a [...]

    18. The description of this book is very well done by the person who summarized it for Good reads. I won't try to go into the entire plot, therefore. I took the book at face value as a novel, rather than a biographical piece reflecting the author's background. I found it interesting and the narrative was fast paced. Moral dilemmas abounded: Adler leaves his wife, makes a new life and finds love with a woman he can never marry. Kanakis has a secret homosexual life but maintains an image of a heterose [...]

    19. My opinion on the bookIf I would have seen this book in the library or in a bookstore I probably wouldn’t have picked it very quick, although I’m really into books about war. So there’s a story behind my choice. That is namely because the author of the book, Elisabeth de Waal, is family of me. The thing is that Elisabeth de Waal was married to Hendrik de Waal. And he was the brother of the father of my grandma’s mother. That was Jacoba Brigitta Bruin and her daughter was Henriette Louis [...]

    20. Charming, bittersweet, lovely, but minor and definitively not the great unknown novel that is promised, The Exiles Return cover the lives of a few diverse characters in damaged post-war Vienna, as Austria, trying to get over the Nazi years, stumble toward independence from the allied powers. The book was never published during de Waal’s life. She certainly has great knowledge of the era and, even more, because of her own origins and life, of Vienese society. No surprises, then, that it is in t [...]

    21. Beautifully written and some wonderful moments and characters that served as microcosms into post-war Vienna. This being said, I have many bones to pick with this book. The narrative was engulfed into the upper-class and their post-war plight. Knowing Waal's background I can see why she told their (the upper-class) story but there was not even the slightest mention of anyone but those whom had wealth, at least not by name. There were some rich and vibrant characters but I felt that they were mor [...]

    22. I received this book for free in a giveaway.This novel is set in 1954-1955 Vienna, a place still recovering from WWII and just about to regain independent status again. It centers around three people who have come to or returned to the city for various reasons. Dr. Kuno Adler is both returning to his pre-war home and life and escaping from his increasingly stifling life in NYC. Theophil Kanakis is returning to re-establish himself as the scion of a wealthy and prominent Vienna family. Marie-The [...]

    23. I've just reached the halfway point of The Exiles Return, it's okay. Mostly everything that happens in the stories is so mundane that it barely warrants mention. To some extent it's almost like Austria is the main character and each story serves to describe it from different angles.Two beefs at 158 pages in--so far no one in the stories is French, has been to France, speaks French or anything that might explain why the author chose to throw in odd French phrases or number-words; the other beef i [...]

    24. ‘The Exiles Return’ focuses on three people arriving in Vienna from the USA after the Second World War. Kuno Adler is a Jewish scientist claiming his right under the reparation agreement to be reinstated in his old job. Theophil Karakis is a hugely wealthy businessman of Greek ethnicity who left because there was more money to be made in the States but now wants to find the perfect house and surround himself with antiques in the city of his birth. Marie-Theres Larsen is the disaffected Ameri [...]

    25. I loved, no, adored, The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal, So I read this, which is by his grandmother Elizabeth. The novel was unfinished, and lay untouched for decades, and his grandmother herself had not cared too much for getting it published. De Waal stitched it back together (he explains this in the foreword) and this is the result. It is a product of her time and upbringing, and so portrays fairly accurately, I think, the setting of Austria during and after the Anschluss in the 193 [...]

    26. I saw a review for this somewhere or other and it sounded interesting. It was, but having been written (I think) in the 1950's, it does have a dated feel. The exiles are a Jewish professor and the daughter of a Hapsburg princess who return from America to Austria during Allied occupation and restoration following World War II. The stories of the two are separate, though there is some overlap in people they meet. The character of the daughter was completely befuddling to me and not at all realist [...]

    27. I'm not sure the title was apt enough, as it's a bit misleading and adds a layer of significance that doesn't ever present itself. That said, it's a beautiful book in that it's well written, with interesting characters and plot projections, and since I had no idea I ought to try, I could not have guessed the ending, which came as a bit of a surprise. Moreover, it felt as though the story was done a third of the way through the book; I feel almost compelled to pick up the pen and finish the story [...]

    28. sorry about the title, this is 'the exiles return' by elizabeth de waal. an important memoir of world war II de waal's grandson, who is the author of 'the hare with amber eyes', discovered this novel written decades earlier, and put it in book form. the story takes place while germany and austria are partioned by the allies after the war, and describes through its characters how life in austria during that time was experienced by those who returned after having left before or during the nazi tak [...]

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