Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Newsletter

Ernst Lothar

The Vienna Melody

Ernst Lothar

The Vienna Melody

2015, pp. 608, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452728
Translated by: Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood
Region: Austria
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 11.99

The book

All Vienna knows that the inhabitant of number 10 Seilerstatte is none other than Christopher Alt, piano maker, the best in Vienna, probably in all of Austria, and possibly the world over. His piano keys have given life to melodies by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and many more. On his deathbed, moved by the wish to keep his children united, he leaves a will specifying that his descendants, if they are to get their inheritance, must live together in the family home. Over successive generations of the Alt family, history itself passes through the doors, down the halls, and into the private rooms of the Alt’s building. There is intrigue at the court of Franz-Josef: an heir to the throne has fallen in love with Henrietta Alt, who will have to carry the guilt for his eventual suicide. There are betrayals, beloved illegitimate children, and despised legitimate offspring. There are seething passions and icy relations, a world war and the rise of Nazism to contend with. There are duals, ambitions, hopes, affairs of the heart and affairs of state. Three generations of Alts live and die at number 10 Silerstatte and each member of the family, in his or or her own way, is a privileged witness to the winds of change and a Europe at the height of both its splendor and decadence.

The author

Ernst Lothar
Ernst Lothar was born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno in the Czech Republic) in 1890 and died in Vienna in 1974. He was a writer, theater director, and producer. In addition to The Vienna Melody, first published in the US in 1944 as The Angel with the Trumpet, his best-known works are The Prisoner and Beneath Another Sun. He was married to the Austrian actress Adrienne Gessner.

Reviews

Books by region

  • Alex Beer

    The Second Rider

    2018, pp. 336, £ 12.99
    First in historical crime series by “the new star of Austrian crime fiction.”—( Kronen Zeitung)

More suggestions

  • Andrea Camilleri

    The Sect of Angels

    2019, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    Based on a true story, Andrea Camilleri’s new novel tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Sicilian scandal that reveals a pandemic that is with...
  • Levan Berdzenishvili

    Sacred Darkness

    2019, pp. 240, £ 12.99
    Stories of dissent, resistance and survival from the Soviet gulags.
  • Ahmet Altan

    Like a Sword Wound

    2018, pp. 352, £ 12.99
    “A deeply compelling and immersive narrative about love, desire, loneliness and landscape.”—Elif Shafak
  • Andrea Camilleri

    The Sacco Gang

    2018, pp. 144, £ 9.99
    The Sacco Gang is not only a gripping Italian “western” but an indictment of the Mafia’s influence and the devastation it wreaks in people’s...
  • Nick Arvin

    Mad Boy

    2018, pp. 240, £ 11.99
    A rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s “forgotten war” of 1812.
  • Alessandro Barbero

    The Athenian Women

    2018, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    The Athenian Women offers a powerful vision of class struggle, the subjugation of women, and the courage needed to change the course of history.