Leonard Cohen is the most Central European poet-singer of our times. His songs are imbued with what Frederic Morton called, writing about Vienna, a nervous splendor. There is nothing “old” in the Central European treasure. How could Kafka, Klimt, Kokoschka, and Mahler be “old”? The great New York intellectual, art critic Harold Rosenberg, wrote about “the tradition of the new.”. He was right. It is not a dead world, even if we sometimes feel this way. Central Europe is a an emotional state: it means empathy, neurosis, angst, melancholy, depression, desperation, utopia, uprootedness, and many other things. It was, to quote Christian Rogowski, a joyful apocalypse. Vienna is tragedy, not Konditorei. After all, even Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the Gestapo boss, super-Viennese, enjoyed pastries. And Joseph Roth committed suicide. And so did Stefan Zweig. This message is unmistakable in the movie “Grand Budapest Hotel”. Values, not delicatessen, save the world…
Metaphysical satirist Karl Kraus wrote a book called “The Last Days of Mankind.” In Vienna, the end of the world was a meteorological forecast. There’s a Concert Hall in Vienna, There’s an Attic Where Children Are Playing, Threre is a Bar Where the Boys Have Stopped Talking, They Have Been Sentenced to Death. Take this waltz in Vienna, capital city of Third Europe: Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hoffmansthal, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoshka, Joseph Roth, Stefan Zweig, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gustav Mahler, Robert Musil, Alma Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Hayek, Karl Kraus, Elias Canetti, Arthur Koestler, Karl Popper. And Herr Trotzky at Cafe Central, preparing the world revolution. Somewhere. obscurely, a failed artist called Adolf Schickelgruber, dreams of power, glory and revenge. I dedicate this text to Adriana Babeti and Mircea Mihaies.
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