In the spirit of the times, I wrote a long and bleak essay on Grillparzer’s bleakest political play while sketching another, more hopeful essay on the literary phenomenology of summer with its multifarious sounds, sights, and Sommerfrische delights. The former will be published later this fall, the latter remains unwritten to date. Two editing projects are in the works as well as a short book on Portraits of the Artist as an Old Man in late 19th century Vienna. Literary Vienna was also the subject of a recent themed volume of literatur für leser for which I served as a guest editor. In short, while being here in Seattle, Vienna is very much on my mind.
Brigitte Prutti, October 2020