L’Esprit de l’Escalier
Heimito von Doderer’s midcentury novel The Strudlhof Steps restores Vienna to a brighter era, when, for most of the privileged, suffering entailed no more than ordinary heartbreak.
The Strudlhof Steps, or, Melzer and the Depth of the Years
by Heimito von Doderer, translated from the German by Vincent Kling and with an afterword by Daniel Kehlmann
March 10, 2022 issue