Yellow Street

Yellow Street

by Veza Canetti, Ian Mitchell
     
 

With an astute eye for irony and a sardonic humor, Veza Canetti weaves together stories about the people of Yellow Street, the home of the leather-merchants in the Leopoldstadt district. Set in Vienna in the 1930s, 'Yellow Street' is a novel that captures the despair, poverty, enforced idleness, and crumbling moral values of those years just before the political… See more details below

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With an astute eye for irony and a sardonic humor, Veza Canetti weaves together stories about the people of Yellow Street, the home of the leather-merchants in the Leopoldstadt district. Set in Vienna in the 1930s, 'Yellow Street' is a novel that captures the despair, poverty, enforced idleness, and crumbling moral values of those years just before the political catastrophes of World War II.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This novel, written by the late wife of Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti, who contributed the foreword, was originally serialized in 1932-1933sorry, i don't know whose change this was--supposed to be 1933?/eed in a leading Viennese newspaper, the Arbeiter Zeitung. It portrays the people of Yellow Street, the leather merchants' row``row'' to avoid repetition? in Vienna. ``It's a remarkable street. . . . All sorts of people live there, cripples, somnambulists, lunatics, the desperate and the smug.'' There is Runkel, the crippled woman who runs her shops with a tight fist; she is hated for her parsimony, but she wants to be recognized as human, not as a I tightened here. ok? aa/yes/pk monster. Herr Iger beats his wife and deprives her of food and clothing, yet is known publicly as a great philanthropist and a charmer of the ladies. Emilie, an unemployed servant girl, learns that she can improve her lot by feigning suicide by ok?/yes/pk throwing herself into the Danube. These and many other characters are created deftly and sparely; in a few lines Canetti tellstighter. ok?/yes/pk volumes about human nature. She provides a fascinating window on her era replete with vivid details of daily life, as well as an ageless story of the struggle to maintain dignity during hard times. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811211604
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.40(d)

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