The Snows of Yesteryear (2020)

The Snows of Yesteryear Gregor von Rezzori The Snows of Yesteryear The Snows Of Yesteryear is an uncompromising account of Gregor von Rezzori s aristocratic childhood in Romania in the days before World War II He was born in Czernowitz a one time provincial capital
  • Title: The Snows of Yesteryear
  • Author: Gregor von Rezzori
  • ISBN: 9780679731818
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
The Snows of Yesteryear Gregor von Rezzori The Snows Of Yesteryear is an uncompromising account of Gregor von Rezzori s aristocratic childhood in Romania in the days before World War II.He was born in Czernowitz, a one time provincial capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania, the USSR, and the Ukraine a town that was everywhere and nowhere, with a population ofThe Snows Of Yesteryear is an uncompromising account of Gregor von Rezzori s aristocratic childhood in Romania in the days before World War II.He was born in Czernowitz, a one time provincial capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania, the USSR, and the Ukraine a town that was everywhere and nowhere, with a population of astonishing diversity Growing up after World War I and the collapse of the empire, Rezzori lived in a twilit world suspended between the formalities of the old nineteenth century order which had shaped his aristocratic parents and the innovations, uncertainties, and raw terror of the new century The haunted atmosphere of this dying world is beautifully rendered in the pages of The Snows of Yesteryear The book is a series of portraits amused, fond, sometimes appalling of Rezzori s family his hysterical and histrionic mother, disappointed by marriage, destructively obsessed with her children s health and breeding his father, a flinty reactionary, whose only real love was hunting his haughty older sister, fated to die before thirty his earthy nursemaid, who introduced Rezzori to the power of storytelling and the inevitability of death and a beloved governess, Bunchy Telling their stories, Rezzori tells his own, holding his early life to the light like a crystal until it shines for us with a prismatic brilliance
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  1. Declan

    Beginning a book is like entering someone s house for the first time You might feel a little uncomfortable and unsure about your host your initial apprehension may develop into a sense of ease and reassurance or, barely across the threshold, you might feel that you are about to have a experience you will savour, with someone whose every word and action is beguiling I was half way through the prelude to the first chapter of The Snows of Yesteryear when I felt completely beguiled That feeling of b [...]

  2. Chuck LoPresti

    I try to never say Proustian in a review because it really means hey, I ve read Proust which is a laudable achievement worthy of public proclamation but a generally vague and misleading element in a literary review Rezzori s Snows is a look back, look for and look out for what are memories are and what we let them do to us that s Proust like His language prose is remarkably erudite and complex but never desultory that s Proust like too Rezzori draws with words, makes music with words and contemp [...]

  3. Geoff

    Essentially this book is a series of portraits of Rezzori s family and two most intimate nurses governesses, and their lives during the two World Wars and the time in between, when their home city of Czernowitz was caught in the post collapse of the Austro Hungarian Empire, when it was handed over and over again between Romanian, German, and Russian rule The people of the Bukovina were basically in the hands of whatever army happened to be roaming through the land at the time, and eventually the [...]

  4. James

    Among the many memoirs I have read this is one of the most beautiful and meaningful Gregor Von Rezzori has uncanny ability to create beautiful metaphors that convey a sense of both place and history It is this that sets his memoir apart from the others The memoir is subtitled portraits for an autobiography Thus Von Rezzori structures the memoir around the members of his family with chapters titled simply The Mother , The Father , and The Sister These are his portraits and it is only when he wrot [...]

  5. Patrick Cook

    I wanted to read this in large part because I d heard that it s a vivid portrait of life in Bukovina a region now divided between northeastern Romania and southwestern Romania in the years between the wars This proved to be only very partially true Almost all of the events do take place in or around the city that was Czernowitz in Austro Hungary when Gregor was born in 1914, Cern u i in the Kingdom of Romania for most of his boyhood, and Chernivtsi in the USSR when he wrote the book it is still [...]

  6. Lorenzo Berardi

    There are plenty of good books which you gulp down and then forget And there are those rare excellent books which are made and meant to stay so that you choose to take your time to read them The Snows of Yesteryear belongs to the latter.I m not an avid reader of self biographies, but I m always glad to read one of them when the name of the writer justifies it which is to say when the author did something in literature ok, I reckon how Open by Andre Agassi doesn t quite belong here.Now, Speak Mem [...]

  7. Daniel Polansky

    So I read Ermine in Czernopol a few months back, and it was one of those books that I didn t exactly enjoy but which made me want to read something else by the author Rezzori, a German speaking mutt hailing from what is now a rather barren and homogenous portion of Ukraine but what was, before the fall of the Dual Monarchy, a vibrant ethnic stew of Eastern Europeans, essentially does a Proust here, recalling, in vivid and glorious detail, the events of his childhood Framed as recollections of fi [...]

  8. Tony

    THE SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR 1989 Gregor Von Rezzori .A friend of mine recommended this book It s by an author I never heard of, but will follow up and seek out of his titles When you look at his name, you can t tell where he is from other than somewhere in Europe Gregor might be Russian Von usually comes from Germany Rezzori smacks of Italy When you read this book, you will discover that those regions all played a part in the author s life The book itself is a masterful approach to an autobiography [...]

  9. Christopher

    My friend Louisa recommended The Snows of Yesteryear over a bowl of steaming pork belly ramen in the East Village Von Rezzori s memoir is Japanese comfort food for the winter bound soul He writes about a town in the Bukovina area of what was once the Austrian Empire, briefly under Romanian control, then Russian occupation, and now part of the Ukraine Rezzori was an expat in his own home a man without the possibility of national identity In part the book is a social comedy Portraying the futility [...]

  10. Andrew

    My continuing obsession with pre WWII Mitteleuropa culture has landed me at the doorstep of Herr Gregor von Rezzori obviously The Snows of Yesteryear is by no means a masterpiece, but it is an incredibly charming, witty, enlightening memoir describing the sort of lost world characterized by children with flaxen curls and sailor suits, fascist uncles and communist daughters, beery Germans and oniony Romanians and gloomy Hasidim, daring youthful romances, saber scarred cheeks, courtly love, all th [...]

  11. Mimi

    The title drew me in, then I highly enjoyed this book, a memoir about Rezzori growing up in Berkovina, with a polyglot of minorities and how the area changed from 1914 until after WWII He spends a long section each on the people who he felt raised him his early nanny, his mother father who were mismatched and wildly neurotic , a sister and a governess tutor He is the author of Memoirs of an Anti semite which I haven t read, but will now.

  12. Dan

    gregor von rezzori is creeping his way to the top of my most exciting authors list he has an astounding ability to arrange his thoughts with insight and poetry, and he manages to do so while remaining a few paces away from the threshold of self indulgence and purple prose the snows of yesteryear that s blumen im schnee in german, or flowers in the snow is directly autobiographical than his also amazing memoirs of an anti semite, but the two make a perfect pair in the long run with even deeper i [...]

  13. M. Sarki

    Four stars is accurate as the book was very well written But I have so many other favorites it wouldn t be fair to give it than three that basically says I liked it My problem with the book was my own unfamiliarity with the writer and his works and the fact that world history is not something I am too concerned with even in light of its importance I do enjoy personal history which there was plenty of in this book, but the wars and politics of the time probably bother me than interest me I had [...]

  14. Heather

    rezorri tenderly, beautifully, and with the most amazing descriptive prose tells his life experiences through the stories of the five most important people in his life his insights are full of feeling, history, and subtle humor his perception regarding intimate details of character and thought is incredibly keen.

  15. Ben

    Now that I write this down, she has been dead for fifty six years and not one of those years has gone by without her being close to me in an almost corporeal way not in the abstract sense of a lovingly preserving memory, but in a well nigh physical presence, often anything but welcome What I do or fail to do, whatever happens to me, she stands constantly in front of me, next to me, behind me, observing at times I even call her to make sure she s there For fifty six years a whole life span there [...]

  16. Cathy

    I read several reviews after finishing the book to try and understand what I missed I m still lost I chose the book because of the setting The time period and place intrigued me But the setup of the book five sections focused on key people in his live made it redundant and difficult to follow It is interesting that Elie Wiesel praised his semi autobiographical novel, Memoirs of an Anti Semite because this memoir comes across as a tad whiny, rather than introspective Wiesel grew up about fours aw [...]

  17. Jim Puskas

    A deeply personal memoir of the early life of the writer and his family at a place where half a dozen mutually incompatible cultural and linguistic groups intermingled and during a time when the world of old Europe was rapidly being destroyed the interregnum between the first and second World Wars Von Rezzori examines in great detail the peculiar traits of his immediate family members and a couple of his governesses, who in many ways represent the vanishing society into which he was born in 1913 [...]

  18. Miruna Runcan

    O imensa surpriza, atat romanul cat, mai ales autorul, un personaj fascinant Aproape ca regret ca nu s a putut traduce mai devreme, ori ca a am avut informatii la vreme ca sa ajung la el Epopeea unei familii aristocratice e autobiografic, probabil vag fictionalizat dintre o Bucovina cand austriaca, cand romaneasca, ulterior sovietica familie pe care autorul n o idealizeaza deloc, dimpotriva o priveste cu un ochi critic ascutit si cu un simt portretistic dintre cele mai rare Cartea reaia si refac [...]

  19. Maurizio Manco

    Riconoscere l assurdit dell esistenza, e adattarvisi, non offusca minimamente lo sguardo sulla sua tragicit , e piuttosto aiuta, alla fine, ad assumere un atteggiamento pi conciliante p 27 Dove l inquietudine conduce al dolore e il dolore al lamento muto, l fiorisce la poesia p 212

  20. Holly Ainsworth

    I love how von Rezzori used his family members to portray society s post war down fall Despite the fact that he wasn t alive to really be a part of the golden era of culture before the war, he was still a witness to the devastation.

  21. Eve Roe

    There is something really tangible about the way Gregor von Rezzori is writing You can feel and smell the air of the moment It is emotional and linguistically colorful.

  22. Christopher

    Gregor von Rezzori was born in 1913, and his childhood saw his hometown of Czenowitz pass from Austro Hungary to Romania in the wake of World War I This region, Bucovina, which is now split between Romania and Ukraine, was host to a remarkable diversity Germans, Ruthenians Rusyns , Romanians, Yiddish speaking Jews, Poles, Russians and Armenians lived side by side in Czernowitz In his memoir THE SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR originally published in German as Blumen im Schnee , Rezzori depicts the changing [...]

  23. Susman Dragos

    Un roman autobiografic, care evoca 5 portrete ale unor persoane importante din viata autorului Stilul narativ e foarte asemanator cu lucrarea Memoriile unui antisemit Detaliul din ambele romane care m a impresionat este impactul emotional foarte puternic, pe care unele imagini, il provoaca cititorului, senzatie venita pe fondul unui fir epic care nu prevesteste o asemenea furtuna de sentimente Rememorarile clipelor alaturi de mama, din acest roman, si alaturi de fiul pierdut, din romanul Memorii [...]

  24. Matthew Wilson

    Like Miklos Banffy s Transylvania Trilogy, this is another report from the reaches of the former Austro Hungarian Empire, but von Rezzozi grew up in Chernivtsi, Bukovina which was divided between Ukraine and Romania after WWII This autobiography is most interesting for what it tells the reader about the life before and after WWI in that part of the world, and for his depiction of his rather disfunctional family However, he s a little to apt to overly and my in opinion vulgarly psychologize.For m [...]

  25. Bookaholic

    La Editura Humanitas a ap rut la nceputul acestui an un volum de memorii al lui Gregor von Rezzori, intitulat Z pezile de alt dat Titlu intertextual trimite la faimoasa ntrebare pe care Fran ois Villon i o tot pune n poemul Ballade des dames du temps jadis, poem al nostalgiei trecutului i al ndep rt rii de un prezent mizer i nedemn.Titlul, prin tot ceea ce sugereaz el, nu este dezmin it de cele 300 de pagini de amintiri despre cele cinci persoane care i au marcat via a autorului doica, mama, tat [...]

  26. Paul Fulcher

    A beautifully written evocation of what is something of a lost world the remnants of the Austro Hungarian empire between the two world wars.There are some excellent reviews on here e.g Declan s that do the book much justice than I can.Why not 5 stars Well firstly I set the bar high on that award But secondly, as a matter of personal taste, I prefer fiction to non fiction, albeit that this is my favourite type of autobiographical non fiction, told by a fiction writer so that it reads like a nov [...]

  27. Gina

    Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read The writing is sublime, erudite and hugely readable The memoir is set on the borders of the old Austro Hungarian empire as it crumbles after the first world war, leaving Rezzori and his family stranded in the new Roumania This former Austrian aristocratic family lose their position and security as the second world war looms The young Rezzori is better able to adapt than are his parents but ultimately he leaves whilst they stay on with no where [...]

  28. Paulo Migliacci

    The model ship story would suffice to make this a great book But there is plenty The idea of a Ruritanian History book by a guy who was almost, but not quite, Ruritanian is enticing, and very well executed here Zenda is both less and of a joke seen from within Exotic lands that once flourished outside the bounds of modern nationality let s say Sicily in the Friedrich II Hohenstauffen era are often deployed to portray an Utopian past in Bukovina s case one destroyed by modern dystopias disguise [...]

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