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text 2017-06-22 07:32
Aldi rozszerza ofertę książek elektronicznych na Austrię


W październiku zeszłego roku niemiecka sieć Aldi rozpoczęła sprzedaż książek elektronicznych na rynku niemieckim. Powołano w tym celu księgarnię internetową Aldi life eBooks. Teraz przyszedł czas na rynek austriacki w postaci sklepu „Hofer life”, który ma ofertę podobną do niemieckiego pierwowzoru. Od dziś w ofercie sieci handlowej znajduje się tablet Medion E6912, wyposażony m.in. w aplikację do czytania książek oraz odtwarzania strumieniowego muzyki (Napster). Do oferty dołączono też bon 10 EUR na zakupy e-booków w firmowej księgarni. Sprzęt będzie oferowany za niecałe 100 EUR, czyli o 30 EUR taniej, niż pierwotna cena w RFN. Więcej szczegółów na jego temat podałem przy okazji premiery usługi (wpis: „Aldi life eBooks - niemiecka sieć sklepów wchodzi na rynek e-booków”).


Hofer Life - austriacka wersja księgarni sieci Aldi (źródło: https://www.hoferlife.at)


Aldi (w Austrii występujący jako Hofer) to mocna marka na rynku niemieckim. Można się spodziewać, że firma będzie się starała wykorzystać przywiązanie klientów, wychodząc poza tradycyjną ofertę. Być może efekty działania księgarni w RFN są na tyle zachęcające, że firma zdecydowała się przejść na kolejny rynek. Szkoda, że wciąż z tym samym tabletem, a nie ciekawym czytnikiem...


Tablet Medion od dziś w promocyjnej ofercie na terenie Austrii (źródło: https://www.hofer.at)



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text 2017-01-03 16:33
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
The Enemies of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) - Sally Christie I had promised myself that after the second installment of these books, I wasn't even going to look at the third novel. Write me down for another broken personal promise. So far in this novel there is a man who is making wigs out of the hairs of his conquests. That doesn't seem so weird right? It's not the kind of hair you have on your head.
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review 2016-11-01 11:00
When a Woman Loves a Man: The Jib Door by Marlen Haushofer
The Jib Door - Marlen Haushofer
Die Tapetentür - Marlen Haushofer

It’s a well-known truth that love has the potential to make blind for anything unpleasant involved and at all times writers gladly took up the theme to dwell on the tangle and the suffering that results from it. In the history of literature there are scores of novels – all-time classics and probably many more forgotten ones – surrounding ill-matched couples whose relationships are doomed from the start however much they try to bridge the factual, emotional, social or psychological divide. The Jib Door by Marlen Haushofer is an impressive, though often overlooked example of an Austrian novel dealing with passionate love leading into a marriage that is based on the desperate longing to escape loneliness in a “normal” life with a husband and self-denial. First published in 1957, the primarily male critics of the time showed all but enthusiasm for the book because they had neither an interest in nor an understanding for what might be called the female condition in a patriarchal society.


The Jib Door is a short novel set in Vienna of the late 1950s that covers a period of only twelve months in the life of thirty-year-old Annette. To tell her story the author skilfully alternates third-person narrative focussing on the protagonist and diary entries that allow a more personal look into her soul. Above all the latter show Annette as a very intelligent and well-read young woman (she likes Kant and Schopenhauer) who despite all contents herself with an unchallenging job as a librarian. From the beginning the novel’s tone is melancholic which corresponds perfectly with her sad past and dull present. Of her family there’s nobody left but her much adored uncle Eugen who raised her together with his rather rigid late wife Johanna. Her mother died when she was two years old and her father, who couldn’t cope with the situation, fled to South America some time later. For years she has been living on her own in her little Viennese apartment enjoying her independence and even being alone. She has many friends with whom she meets regularly and in her adult life she already had several love affairs, but they all ended in boredom and disappointment. Her current relationship is no exception and when her lover leaves her for a job in Paris, she feels relief rather than regret. Then one day she receives a letter from the solicitor Gregor Xanthner because her father has died and she needs to sign papers. To her he seems the paragon of health and happiness, and yet, she doesn’t feel attracted to him at first. However, the more Annette sees of him, the more she falls for him although her friends can’t stand him and she knows that he’ll inevitably hurt her. Annette becomes Gregor’s lover and when she gets pregnant, she gives up her job, her apartment, her independence to marry him and share his life. But he isn’t interested in her as a person and Annette feels increasingly lonely. Moreover, she knows that he betrays her with others when he doesn’t come home for dinner at night. She still clings to him hiding her knowledge and all the while her belly is growing rounder and rounder…


In this second novel of hers – that like her other works gives the impression of being at least partly autobiographical – the author paints a very sensitive, psychologically deep and impressive portrait of a young woman in post-war Vienna who longs for love and slides eyes wide open into a relationship that brings her despair and pain instead. Consequently, the protagonist’s pointed reflections on men and love turn out to be rather resigned and gloomy. The Jib Door by Marlen Haushofer definitely isn’t a cheerful book, but thanks to its simple and unpretentious language it was despite all a mere treat to read. And it deserves a much wider audience.


The Jib Door - Marlen Haushofer 


This Austrian writer’s best remembered and most acclaimed work to this day is a rather impressive dystopian novel that she wrote in the early 1960s. It’s titled The Wall and in June 2014 I reviewed it here on Edith’s Miscellany .

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review 2016-10-01 00:00
Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary
Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary - George P. Upton 3.5 stars
Having visited Hungry lately I was intrigued by Elisabeth(also known as Sisi) Empress consort of Austria-Queen of Hungary 1837 - 1898 (assassinated).

The wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, Elizabeth was born into Bavarian royalty and enjoyed an informal upbringing before marrying at the early age of 16. She led an interesting and somewhat sad life and I wanted to learn more about Sisi as she was so loved by the Hungarian people.

I had some difficulty getting a book on kindle that was factual as opposed to fiction but I happened to come accross this short book by George P Upton and felt at 70 pages it might give me an insight into Sisi's life. It did present the facts and was just what I was looking for.

I did enjoy reading and learning about this beautiful and intriguing lady and am glad to say finished it wanting more. I have a few other books lined up which may give me a more comprehensive insight into her life and I am really looking forward to those.
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