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Vienna Diary 1934 (Naomi Mitchison Library)

Vienna Diary 1934 (Naomi Mitchison Library) by Naomi Mitchison 1849210217 9781849210218
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On February 24th, 1934 - shortly after the civil war in Austria and the defeat of the Socialists - Naomi Mitchison left Eng-land on a visit to Vienna in order to do what she could to relieve the terrible distress of the defeated. In this day-by-day diary she tells us what she saw, did and felt: and the whole forms at once what is called a "human document" of rare poignancy and dramatic interest, and a book of some historical import-ance. "Very few people have both money and leisure- and the will-to do this. Ive got this because of my profession. I rang up V[ictor] G[ollancz] on Monday evening, and asked if hed give me an advance on a-very hypothetical-book about it. He said he would, and Im going on that. I couldnt have otherwise. Simply as an observer I shall be some use; its the one thing Im sure I can do well, though I dont think Im a good analyser. What I should like to do is to write a full diary every day, as truthful as it can possibly be. I shall type it on both sides of the sheet, so that it will fold small, and shall try and leave a duplicate with somebody-if I get my copy through, they can destroy theirs. But perhaps the whole thing is moonshine; perhaps there wont be anything to write down! If so, looking back on this afternoon from whenever it is in the future, I shall see myself looking a perfect fool. However, that wont be the first time ! Anyway, for what its worth. I feel all thrilled now, screwed up like a child going to play Indians. Perhaps I shall be more grown-up by the end of it."

Author: Naomi Mitchison

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Kennedy & Boyd

Publication Date: 2009-08-30

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