"vienna is DiffeRent": Jewish wRiteRs siècle to the PResent in austRia fRom the fin De Hillary Hope Herzog. Austrian and Habsburg Studies 12. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011. 289 pp. Having already written about Jewish writers in present-day Austria, Hillary Hope Herzog has had the idea of extending the story backwards in order to explore continuities between the construction of identity by Jewish writers such as Ruth Beckermann and Robert Schindel and those at work a century ago such as Arthur Schnitzler and Stefan Zweig. Accordingly, her book is divided into four sections, dealing respectively with the fin de siècle, the interwar period, the decades immediately after the Second World War, and the present and very recent past. Within each section there is a historical introduction and a number of mini-chapters each dealing with an individual writer. This requires some writers to be awkwardly divided into two: Arthur Schnitzler, Felix Salten, Stefan Zweig, and Karl Kraus are thus split into pre- and post-First World War selves. In principle, this survey could be valuable as a handy source of information and a useful book for student courses. In practice, it does not quite work. The second half, dealing with
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